Tunisia v France: World Cup 2022 – live | World Cup 2022

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Starting lineups

Tunisia (3-4-3): Dahmen; Ghandri, Talbi, Meriah; Kechrida, Maaloul, Skhiri, Laidouni; Ben Slimane, Ben Romdhane, Khazri.

France (4-4-2): Mandanda; Disasi, Varane, Konaté, Camavinga; Guendouzi, Tchouaméni, Fofana, Veretout; Kolo Muani, Coman.

As previously mentioned, 10 of the Tunisia squad were born in France. Montassar Talbi will be putting his emotions to one side for the match.

“I was born in France, I have a lot of friends in France, but it’s still a football match at the end of the day,” the Lorient defender said. “Even the players born in France, we are wearing the Tunisia shirt and we will give our all.

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“It is a special match for our families in France but as a player you always want to play as well as you can and represent your country.”

Montassar Talbi was born in France.
Montassar Talbi was born in France. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Didier Deschamps says he is willing to rest Kylian Mbappe for this match. Will he?

“His fitness is fine so we don’t need to manage that,” Deschamps said. “Perhaps then you are asking about his ego. Kylian doesn’t have a big ego. Of course he’s an important player, a key player, but he’s a team player.

“Of course he’s a star because he’s such a vital player but he’s not 18 anymore. He’s got a bit more experience. He always wants to play but that’s true of all players. Not all of them can start tomorrow. There are a lot of factors to take into account.”

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The rather tedious news is that France are already through so could leave a few of their big names out for this match. They have earned the right to rest their star names and allow the lesser lights in the squad to get some minutes under their belt going into the knockout stages. Let’s be honest, they will still be putting a decent side.

Tunisia, on the other hand, will be doing their all to make the most of their chances of progressing. They need to win and for Australia to draw with Denmark to go through to the knockout stages, which would be an incredible achievement for the country. Alternatively, if Denmark and Tunisia win, then it will goal down to goal difference, which will be fun. Even against a French second string, it is a bit of an ask for Tunisia to get the desired result.

The good news for Tunisia is they know their French football: 10 of their squad were born in France. It could give them a slight advantage, compared to another opponent.

This tournament has provided a few upsets already, maybe this could be another.

Kick-off: 3pm GMT.

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