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Page 10 England supporters all set for the big World Cup game and so is this Algerian fan:
AN Algerian football fan has found his allegiances firmly split down the middle – as he has spent half his life in England.
Mo Attalah (36) was born in the capital Algiers but moved to the UK at the age of 18 and has lived in Peterborough ever since.
This means his loyalties will be put to the test tonight as the England vs Algeria World Cup match kicks off at 7.30pm.
Mo, who is currently unemployed, plans to spend tonight catching up with friends from the city’s Algerian community and they will watch the World Cup games at the Seafood Cafe, on Lincoln Road.
But with Algeria already reeling from a 1-0 defeat to current group C leaders Slovenia, along with seeing one of their players red-carded, he is not hopeful for his country’s chances against the mighty Three Lions team.
Mo, who lives in Dogsthorpe Road, said: “To be honest, I think it will be 2-1 to England, but whoever plays the best will win.
“I can’t see us beating England as they are a lot better than we are, but I just hope we put up a show.
“But, having lived here for half my life, England is always my second team, so I will be backing them all the way to the final.”
Mo and his Algerian chums will also have the support of his Tunisian pals who – in the absence of their own team – are firmly behind Algeria.
Should Algeria not make it past group stages, they are also backing England as their second team.
Friend Lassad Manoubi said they would be lending their cheers to Mo tonight.
He said: “We always support each other’s countries.
“However, I can’t see England losing and I think it will be 3-0 to England.
“Like most immigrants, we support England as well unless it is against our home country, and we will be following the team right through the competition.”
Mo, who is a massive Wayne Rooney fan, said the atmosphere had been really good in the cafe with flags put up to celebrate every nationality.
He added that the World Cup had brought everyone together.
He said: “We have had some really good games so far and everyone has been teasing me about tonight’s game.
“But I do think England have a great chance of winning the cup.”
SPLIT LOYALTIES: Algerian Mo Attalah, who has lived in Peterborough for 18 years, will watch England take on his home country tonight. (METP-16-06-10BD100)