Doncaster Rovers midfielder Issam Ben Khemis could be the only player from the English Football League to play against England in next summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The 21-year-old Paris born midfield prospect qualifies to play for Tunisia through his parents and the youngster made his senior international debut for the nation in a qualifying match against Guinea in October 2016.

Ben Khemis has failed to add to that first senior honour however the door could remain open for the youngster to earn himself a recall to the squad for the FIFA World Cup in Russia next summer. Tunisia have been drawn in Group G for the tournament and will face European giants England and Belgium along with competition debutants Panama.

The youngster was awarded his first Tunisian cap after breaking into the first team picture at former club FC Lorient. Ben Khemis made the step up from the French outfit’s academy system after joining the club as an 18-year-old.

The midfielder joined Sky Bet League One club Doncaster Rovers following a successful trial in the summer and Ben Khemis has gone on to make seven appearances for the South Yorkshire club in which he has scored one goal.

The player is being eased into the English game gradually with Rovers and has only been on the losing side once after 90 minutes. Ben Khemis scored a penalty kick in a shootout as his club lost 5-4 on penalties at Rochdale in the Checkatrade Trophy in midweek following a 1-1 draw in normal time.


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