Afcon 2017: Sunderland's Khazri included in Tunisia squad

Wahbi Khazri
Wahbi Khazri has been out f favour under Sunderland boss David Moyes

Sunderland's Wahbi Khazri has been named in Tunisia's squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The 25-year-old's inclusion is despite a lack of games for his club - he has started only six games this season, two of them in the EFL Cup.

He has made 13 appearances in total, but has yet to score this season.

Other Europe-based players in the squad includes Valencia defender Aymen Abdennour and Lille midfielder Naim Sliti.

Named in the provisional squad, Saad Bguir was dropped despite playing in the friendly against Uganda on Wednesday

Polish coach Henryk Kasperczak, who is attending his seventh Nations Cup in Gabon, had omitted veteran striker Hamdi Harbaoui and former Germany youth international Anis Ben Hatira from his squad.

The Carthage Eagles have been drawn in Group B at the Nations Cup, alongside rivals Algeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe.

The team will be based in Libreville with Tunisia beginning their campaign against Senegal on 15 January.

Tunisia squad:

Goalkeepers: Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile du Sahel), Moez Ben Cherifia (Esperance), Rami Jridi (CS Sfaxien)

Defenders: Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt) Aymen Abdennour (Valencia, Spain), Siyam Ben Youssef (Caen, France), Hamza Mathlouthi (CS Sfaxien), Mohamed Ali Yacoubi (Rizespor, Turkey), Chamseddine Dhaouadi (Esperance), Slimane Kchok (CA Bizertin), Zied Boughattas, Hamdi Nagguez and Zied Boughatass (Etoile du Sahel)

Midfielders: Ferjani Sassi (Esperance), Larry Azouni (Nîmes, France), Naim Sliti (Lille, France), Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland, England),

Mohamed Amine Ben Amor and Hamza Lahmar (Etoile), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Youssef Msakni (Lekhwiya, Qatar),

Forwards: Ahmed Akaïchi (Ittihad, Saudi Arabia), Taha Yassine Khenissi (Esperance), Saber Khelifa (Club Africain)

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