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No big surprises in the Tunisian squad for the World Cup


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Tunisia eliminated French winger Saif-Eddine Khaoui for the World Cup, but coach Jalel Kadri on Monday made no other major changes when naming his 26-man squad.

Khaoui was chosen in the squad that competed in the World Cup in Russia four years ago and, although he has played infrequently for Tunisia since then, it was expected that he would be included given his form in Ligue 1 for his club Clermont.

A total of 10 players survive from the team that competed in the last World Cup, where Tunisia was beaten by both Belgium and England, but won its final group match against Panama.

Veteran goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi, captain in Russia, returns to the squad after a three-year absence in a four-goal squad for the tournament.

Tunisia plays a warm-up friendly against Iran in Doha on Wednesday, before taking on Denmark, Australia and France in Group D as they look to advance beyond the first round for the first time in six World Cup finals appearances. .


Goalkeepers:Aymen Dahmen (CS Sfaxien), Bechir Ben Said (US Monastir), Mouez Hassen (Club Africain), Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile Sahel)

Defenders: Ali Abdi (Caen), Dylan Bronn (Salernitana), Mohamed Drager (FC Luzern), Nader Ghandri (Club Africain), Bilel Ifa (Kuwait SC), Wajdi Kechrida (Atromitos), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly), Yassine Meriah (Esperance ), Montassar Talbi (Lorient)

Midfielders: Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane, Ghaylane Chaalali (both Esperance), Aissa Laidouni (Ferencvaros), Hannibal Mejbri (Birmingham City), Ferjani Sassi (Al Duhail), Elyas Skhiri (FC Cologne)

Forward: Anis Ben Slimane (Brondby), Seifeddine Jaziri (Zamalek), Issam Jebali (Odense), Wahbi Khazri (Montpellier), Taha Yassine Khenissi (Kuwait SC), Youssef Msakni (Al Arabi), Naim Sliti (Al Ittifaq).


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