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Twelve European-based players in extended Tunisia World Cup squad

Tunisia named an enlarged pre-World Cup squad of 29 players, including 12 based in Europe, on Tuesday, although injured striker Youssef Msakni was a notable absentee.

Algeria’s defender Mohamed Rabie Meftah (L) challenges Tunisia’s forward Ahmed Akaichi during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group B football match between Algeria and Tunisia in Franceville on January 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO

The Carthage Eagles have until June 4 to reduce their squad to the 23 players that will make the trip to Russia ahead of the June 14 start of the tournament.

Tunisia will face England, Belgium and Panama in Group G.

Before then they will take on Portugal and Spain in friendlies on May 28 in Braga and June 9 in Russia.

Squad:

Goalkeepers (4): Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Batin/KSA), Moez Ben Cherifia (Esperance), Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab/KSA), Mouez Hassen (Chateauroux/FRA)

Defenders (10): Nagguez Hamdi (Zamalek/EGY), Dylan Bronn (Gent/BEL), Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester/ENG), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa/TUR), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Bilel Mohsni (Dundee United/SCO), Khalil Chammam (Esperance), Oussema Haddadi (Dijon/FRA), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahli/EGY)

Midfielders (8): Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier/FRA), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahly/KSA), Ghaylene Chalali (Esperance), Karim Laaribi (Cesena/ITA), Farjani Sassi (Al Nassr/KSA), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Seifeddine El Khaoui (Troyes/FRA), Mohamed Larbi (Tours/FRA)

Forwards (7): Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ettifaq/KSA), Anice Badri (Esperance), Bassem Srarfi (Nice/FRA), Ahmed Akaichi (Al Ittihad/KSA), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes/FRA), Naim Sliti (Dijon/FRA), Sabeur Khalifa (Club Africain)


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