Tunisia World Cup

Tunisia News: Maaloul names squad to face England

1 year ago

In the latest Tunisia news, head coach Nabil Maaloul has named his 23-man World Cup squad that will battle it out with England, Panama and Belgium in Group G.

The majority of the squad ply their trade in either Africa, Saudi Arabia or France but there are a couple of players who will be more familiar to English fans.

Leicester defender Yohan Benalouane has made the cut from the original 29-man provision party while Sunderland’s Wahbi Khazri, who spent the season on loan at French side Rennes, is also set to travel to Russia.

Bilel Mohsni, who spent the last two months of the season with Dundee United, was culled and will not play at the summer showpiece.

Tunisia will play at the World Cup finals for the first time in 12 years and, while they are priced at 1/9 with Coral to be eliminated at the group stage and 11/2 to lose in the last 16, coach Maaloul believes his side “have what it takes to get past the first round”.

They kick off proceedings against England on June 18 before taking on Belgium five days later and will end their group campaign against Panama on June 28.

That final game is likely to be pivotal and one they will possibly need to win to progress, with Belgium and the Three Lions strong favourites to make it to the knockout stage.

The north Africans drew 2-2 with Turkey in a World Cup warm-up match on Friday and next face Spain on June 9.