National side to play in the World Cup for first time since jasmine revolution

Taher Lwati sat outside a toyshop on one of the quiet avenues that crisscross central Tunis, soaking up the warm evening air and ruminating on the chances of an unlikely footballing victory.

“The national team comes above all else. I’ve been following the sport for years and, really, I just want to see Tunisia get through to the next round before I die,” said Lwati, 63. To do that, the side will have to prove their mettle on Monday against their first World Cup opponents: England.

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