TU­NISIA

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4 Group stage

(1978, 1998, 2002, 2006)

21 Na­bil Maaloul Naim Sl­iti. French-born at­tack­ing mid­fielder who is cur­rently on loan from Lille to Di­jon and cer­tainly cuts the mus­tard on the in­ter­na­tional scene. He’s drib­bling mad which can some­times in­fu­ri­ate his team-mates but at other times daz­zle de­fend­ers. A tricky player who can be dev­as­tat­ing but prob­a­bly not against the might of Bel­gium and Eng­land. Group Tu­nisia were dev­as­tated in fail­ing to qual­ify twice run­ning af­ter com­ing so close in 2010 and then four years later.

The small North African na­tion have an­other great chance to punch above their weight but will suf­fer an early knock­out. Are look­ing to win a World Cup fi­nals match for the first time since 1978. STEVE MIL­LAR

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