“For us, the World Cup in Russia is a dream. We have been following it for a long time and for us this tournament is a real treat. This tournament is a celebration for Morocco, and we are ready to show a great result… We want to show our values at this World Cup,” Benatia said.

Benatia added that he was ready to face Iran striker Sardar Azmoun and his team feels "confident" and prepared for the upcoming game.

Morocco will face Iran in their first World Cup match in St. Petersburg on Friday before taking on their other Group B rivals - 2010 World Cup winners Spain and reigning European champions Portugal.

The FIFA World Cup got underway on Thursday, with hosts Russia playing Saudi Arabia. The final set is to be played on 15 July.