Tunisia Striker Eyes Knockout Stage

Anice Badri believes the time has come for Tunisia to make their mark on the World Cup.

The French-born striker will be part of the Carthage Eagles squad that meets England in their Russia 2018 Group G opener in Volgograd on 18 June.

Four previous appearances at the finals have seen Tunisia depart before the knockout stages on each occasions including in 1998 when they again met England in the opening game.

Speaking to the official Russia 2018 website, however, Badri said: "The time has come to change that.

"We know how to manage games, play as a unit, make our skills count, keep possession, and make the difference in attack. Our opponents are going to suffer against us."

Tunisia have planned a fixture against 2010 champions Spain, to take place in Russia on 9 June, as they look to build on two victories in the recent international break that pushed them up to 14th place in the FIFA rankings, just one behind England.

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