Tunisia World Cup 2022 squad list, fixtures and latest odds

Tunisia World Cup 2022 squad list, fixtures and latest odds - AFP
Tunisia World Cup 2022 squad list, fixtures and latest odds - AFP

Tunisia coach Jalel Kadri said his team lacked the final touch in their 1-0 Group D loss to Australia at the World Cup on Saturday, a result that puts their progression to the last 16 in jeopardy.

Mitchell Duke's goal in the 23rd minute was enough for Australia to win a World Cup match for the first time since 2010.

Tunisia will now need to beat defending champions France in their last group stage match to have any chance of progressing.

"We lacked the final touch and weren't realistic. The performance in the first half was not up to expectations and we did not create many chances," Kadri told reporters.

Tunisia World Cup 2022 squad

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)

Forwards: 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).

Who are the star names in the squad?

As Tunisia team captain, Youssef Msakni, who plays for Al-Arabi in Qatar, has won 83 caps so far.

Hannibal Mejbri made his World Cup debut against Denmark on Tuesday having started in Tunisia’s only warm-up match on Wednesday.

Cologne midfielder Ellyes Skhiri features in the Tunisia squad, having secured 45 caps and three goals since making his international debut in 2018.

Another favourite is the former Sunderland and Saint-Etienne forward Wahbi Khazri, who is now at Ligue 1 club Montpellier, and Manchester United teenager Hannibal Mejbri, who is currently on loan to Birmingham City.

What has Tunisia's form been like?

With four managers since the last World Cup, Tunisia were sorely hoping their internal upheaval will not affect performances on the pitch.

Now coached by Jalel Kadri, after replacing Mondher Kebaier who was fighting Covid, the team qualified for a second consecutive World Cup – but may be out of their depth.

They finished top of Group B in the second round of African qualifying and reached Qatar 2022 through a two-legged play-off with Mali.

Tunisia's recent international matches have seen wins over Chile, Japan and Comoros. However, their World Cup group is among the toughest of all.

What are Tunisia's fixtures?

What is Tunisia's World Cup record?

This is Tunisia's sixth appearance at the World Cup. They made their debut in 1978, before qualifying three times in a row in 1998, 2002 and 2006.

Their most recent outing was in 2018, when Tunisia were eliminated in the group phase after losing to England and Belgium.

Argentina | Australia | Belgium | Brazil | Cameroon | Canada | Costa Rica | Croatia | Denmark | Ecuador | England | France | Germany | Ghana | Iran | Japan | Mexico | Morocco | Netherlands | Poland | Portugal | Qatar | Saudi Arabia | Senegal | Serbia | South Korea | Spain | Switzerland | Tunisia | Uruguay | USA | Wales

Latest odds

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Tunisia are currently a best price of 750/1 to win the World Cup 2022.