When Wahbi Khazri made the choice to defend the colours of Tunisia, “the homeland of his father and his origins” as an alternative of ready for the chance to play with France, nation of origin and residence, he didn't didn't think about that destiny would fulfill his “dream” of dealing with his adopted nation within the best soccer competitors of all time, the World Cup.
Khazri, who is anticipated to be the primary Tunisian participant on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, mentioned: “I am very blissful to play in opposition to France in the identical group on the World Cup. The French are the luckiest and we're removed from them, however now we have an opportunity to show ourselves in any case these years spent by most of our gamers within the French League.
And the striker, who moved to Montpellier at the beginning of the season, felt that “taking part in within the French league is the dream of many gamers, however dealing with the French within the World Cup can be a dream come true for me”.
The middle of gravity of the Tunisian nationwide crew
Khazri, 31, would be the heart of gravity of the “Aigles de Carthage” squad, as coach Jalal Al-Qadri is relying on the expertise acquired by this fighter within the French stadiums, to attempt to qualify for the fourth group, which incorporates Denmark and Australia, along with the “roosters” of the world champions.
Khazri expressed his optimism that the Carthage Eagles will have the ability to placed on a great efficiency within the last: “My confidence is in my nation, in my nation. We confirmed on the final World Cup that we have been able to equaling England and conceded a objective within the final second (1-2). We're able to doing nice issues in Qatar, we're not We now have two candidates to take the lead of the group or attain the superior phases, however I hope that we will qualify for this group with France.”
Khazri, who has spent most of his soccer profession in French stadiums, mentioned: “The efficiency of the group is our energy. Algeria have Riyad Mahrez and Egypt have Mohamed Salah. As for us in Tunisia, we depend on crew play. We now have round 30 gamers who've excessive strategies and put in numerous effort.” “.
In a earlier interview, following the draw for the 2022 World Cup, with the station “RMC”, Khazri confirmed that “France is the luckiest, however the different opponents are inside our attain”, stressing that “the collective efficiency is our weapon, now we have good gamers within the center, and we're capable of be strong defensively, however in assault now we have gifted gamers, we're a homogeneous group.”
After dealing with Denmark on November 22, then Australia on the twenty sixth of the identical month, the appointment can be with the assembly of the nation of origin and the nation of origin, between Tunisia and France on the Schooling Metropolis Stadium on the thirtieth of the identical month, with the hope that the Carthage Eagles have secured their qualification earlier than this confrontation, which would be the fifth between the 2 groups, however the first within the historical past of the World Cup.
Select the nation of origin
Khazri spoke concerning the Tunisian public's opinion of him, saying: “I feel I'm properly taken care of as a result of I do my finest after I defend the colours of my nation. I'm very pleased with this what I do with the nationwide crew. the tip of my profession with the Eagles isn't far-off for me and I attempt to get pleasure from each second.” .
Born in Ajaccio, France, Khazri began his worldwide profession in 2009 with the Tunisian U-20 crew, however later performed for the U-21 crew in France in response to educate Eric Mombarts' invitation throughout two matches of the European U-21 Cup. qualifiers in opposition to Romania and Slovakia.
In February 2012, he performed his first and solely match below the colours of his adopted nation in opposition to Italy earlier than being changed by Frédéric Polo, however on the finish of the identical yr he made his choice to defend the colours definitively. from Tunisia.
The participant mentioned of his desire for the Tunisian shirt: “I selected my father's homeland and the land of my origins. I really feel proud after my choice to defend the colours of Tunisia, the house of my father the place I used to go each summer time, after I see the thrill throughout our matches, it motivates me extra.”
Thus far, Khazri has performed 71 video games for the Eagles of Carthage, wherein he scored 24 objectives, and took part within the 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2022 African Cups of Nations, in addition to on the 2018 World Cup.
As for his membership profession, most of it happened in French golf equipment, and apart from an expertise with English Sunderland, the Tunisian striker started his profession with the age teams of Bastia (2008-2014) then moved to Bordeaux (2014-2015), earlier than becoming a member of Sunderland, who loaned him to Rennes in the summertime of 2017, paving the best way for him. The highway forward is for him to remain in his adopted nation with Saint-Etienne (2018-2022) and eventually Montpellier his crew from the summer time of 2022. to this point.
In France, the place he performed greater than 350 first and second division matches, throughout which he scored greater than 90 objectives, Khazri will stay the person of intercontinental objectives, essentially the most important of which dates again to October 30, 2021, when he marked. for Saint-Etienne in opposition to Metz a objective from greater than 62 meters, reaching one of the vital lovely objectives within the historical past of “Ligue 1”.