Tunisia name 23-man World Cup squad


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".

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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)