The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK

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.”

Pic­ture: BEN DAVIS

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)

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