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Tunisia name provisional squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup

Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul on Monday (14 May 2015) announced provisional 29-man squad for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.

The squad dominated by local-based players was without influential midfielder Youssef Msakni and Tunisia league top scorer, Taha Yassine Khenissi both injured.

The Carthage Eagles are expected to begin preparation on 25 May 2018 in Braga and will face Portugal in Lisbon three days later. The 2004 African champions will come up against Turkey in their final warm-up game on 1 June 2018 in Sion, Switzerland.

The North Africans are housed in Group G alongside Belgium, England and Panama for their fifth appearance at the Mundial.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Batin, Saudi Arabia), Moez Ben Cherifia (Esperance),

Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France)

Defenders: Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Siyam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Yessine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Bilel Mohsni (Dundee United, Scotland), Khalil Chammam (Esperance), Oussama Haddai (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Ahly, Egypt)

Midfielders: Ellyes Skhiri (Montpelier, France), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahly, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chalali (Esperance), Karim Laaribi (Cesena, Italy), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia), Ahmed Khlil (Club Africain, Tunisia), Seifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Mohamed Wael Arbi (Tours, France)

Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ettifaq, Saudi Arabia), Anice Badri (Esperance),

Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France), Ahmed Akaichi (Al Ittihad, Saudi Arabia), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Sabeur Khalifa (Club Africain)

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