A Tunisian fan cheers for his national team ahead of the FIFA World Cup qualification football match between between Tunisia and Libya at Rades Olympic Stadium on November 11, 2017.
PARIS – Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul stripped six players from his provisional group to reveal a whittled-down 23-man World Cup squad on Saturday.
The Carthage Eagles are back in the finals after a 12-year break and after drawing 2-2 with Turkey this week, Maaloul said they had "what it takes to get past the first round".
Tunisia play England on 18 June Belgium on 23 June and Panama on 28 June.
The 23-man squad
Goalkeepers (3): Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Batin Saoudi/KSA), Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab Saoudi/KSA), Mouez Hassen (Chateauroux/FRA)
Defenders (8): Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek/EGY), Dylan Bronn (Ghent/BEL), Rami Bedoui (Etoile Sportive du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester/ENG), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa/TUR), Yassine Meriah (Club Sportif Sfax), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon/FRA), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahli/EGY)
Midfielders (6): Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier/FRA), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahly/KSA), Ghaylene Chalali (Esperance Tunis), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr Saoudi/KSA), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine El Khaoui (Troyes/FRA)
Forwards (6): Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifak/KSA), Anice Badri (Esperance), Bassem Srarfi (Nice/FRA), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes/FRA), Naim Sliti (Dijon/FRA), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain)