Feghouli - I am representing the Algerian people

Algeria hero Sofiane Feghouli is the cover star for Saturday’s 100-page Official Programme for the Premier League visit of Middlesbrough.

The winger talks about his summer move to West Ham United, his pride at representing his national side and relishing the challenge of facing former Valencia teammates Antonio Barragan and Alvaro Negredo, who are now with Boro.

The No7 could make his first Premier League start for the Hammers on Saturday before jetting off to represent his country in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier with Cameroon next week, and the player himself knows the importance of performing well in both fixtures.

“I know that when I play abroad that I am representing the Algerian people,” said Feghouli, who will also represent his nation at the African Cup of Nations finals in Gabon in early 2017. “They are back in Algeria supporting me and so I always try to give my best to give the best impression possible of Algeria and to make my fellow countrymen and women proud.

“The Algerian national game has never been as strong as it is today and we have a very talented squad. We have been playing together for a couple of seasons and we are maturing as a team. Hopefully, this will show on the pitch in the upcoming tournaments, especially during the African Cup of Nations next year.”

Elsewhere in Saturday’s issue, fans can find out more about the star-studded FIFA 17 launch, which was held at London Stadium this week and featured West Ham’s very own eSports star Sean ‘Dragonn’ Allen.

Interview-wise, former player and lifelong Hammer Ian Pearce shares stories of his career and first visit to London Stadium, Ian ‘Moose’ Abrahams chats to Boro-supporting Olympic table tennis star Paul Drinkhall and new England U19 goalkeeper Nathan Trott talks about his eventful career history.

Supporters can also find out more about Saturday’s visitors Middlesbrough and read exclusive columns penned by Joint-Chairman David Sullivan, manager Slaven Bilic and captain Mark Noble.

Fans will also be able to collect the latest four stickers for their Hammers Heroes Sticker Album, which was given away free with the Official Programme issued for the AFC Bournemouth fixture in August