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.
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.