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Tunisia starting XI vs France: Khazri and Slimane start for Carthage Eagles

17:32 GMT+3 30/11/2022
Khazri of Tunisia.
The Carthage Eagles are up for a tougher test as they hunt for their first win and a goal in Qatar

Tunisia head coach Jalel Kadri has named his starting XI to face France at the Education City Stadium in a Group D World Cup game on Wednesday.

The Carthage Eagles take on Les Bleus, who have already confirmed their place in the Round of 16. It should be a reprieve for Tunisia as France have not included Kylian Mbappe as a precaution.

Other Les Bleus first-teamers who are not featuring for the final group match are Hugo Lloris, Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann.

This is how Tunisia line up against France:

  • Aymen Dahmen Tunisia.

    Aymen Dahmen

    Dahmen has conceded once and kept a clean sheet in the tournament. Will he be able to keep France out?

  • Montassar Talbi Tunisia.

    Montassar Talbi

    Talbi will operate on the left side of a three-man defensive formation employed by the former African champions.

  • Nader Ghandri Tunisia

    Nader Ghandri

    Ghandri is a beneficiary of the changes made by the technical bench, as he slots into the starting eleven.

  • Yassine Meriah Tunisia.

    Yassine Meriah

    As the Carthage Eagles look for their first win, Meriah will have to make sure they keep the French attackers at bay as he operates at the heart of the defence.

  • Ali Maaloul Tunisia

    Ali Maaloul

    Maaloul takes over the left-back position as Ali Abdi – who carries a yellow card from the previous game - is dropped.

    Maaloul needs more composure in order to deal effectively with France.

  • Aissa Laidouni Tunisia.

    Aissa Laidouni

    One of the players who were yellow-carded in Tunisia’s last game.

    Nonetheless, he has been trusted to offer a cushion to the backline in a game where they must remain solid.

  • Mohamed Romdhane Tunisia

    Mohamed Romdhane

    Romdhane was an unused substitute against Australia but earns a starting slot for this decisive game.

  • Wajdi Kechrida Tunisia.

    Wajdi Kechrida

    Kechrida has been preferred as a right-back as Mohammed Drager, who was not convincing against Australia, is dropped.

  • Ben Slimane Tunisia

    Ben Slimane

    With Slimane starting, coach Kadri preferred to pack his midfield in order to contain the Frenchmen.

  • Ellyes Skhiri Tunisia.

    Ellyes Skhiri

    Skhiri has not been substituted in Tunisia’s World Cup matches, and this underlines not only the confidence the coaches have in him but also his input for the team.

  • Wahbi Khazri Tunisia.

    Wahbi Khazri

    With goals still eluding the North Africans, Khazri - the country's second all-time top scorer - has been recalled into the starting XI.