Algeria, Slovenia select expected teams for opener

The starting lineups from Algeria and Slovenia for their World

Cup opener Sunday contained no surprises, with Algerian defender

Anther Yahia appointed captain to replace the dropped Yazid

Mansour.

Algeria coach Rabah Saadane brought in midfielder Medhi Lacen

for Mansour.

Injury-free Slovenia selected probably its strongest lineup,

featuring midfielder Robert Koren and striker Milivoje

Novakovic.

Algeria and Slovenia are in Group C with England and the United

States, who drew 1-1 on Saturday.

Lineups:

Algeria: Fawzi Chaouchi, Madjid Bougherra, Nadir Belhadj, Anther

Yahia, Rafik Halliche, Medhi Lacen, Rafik Djebbour, Karim Matmour,

Karim Ziani, Hassen Yebda, Fouad Kadir.

Slovenia: Samir Handanovic, Miso Brecko, Marko Suler, Bostjan

Cesar, Robert Koren, Valter Birsa, Milivoje Novakovic, Bojan Jokic,

Zlatko Dedic, Andraz Kirm, Aleksander Radosavljevic.