Mohamed Salah has raised questions about his future with the Egyptian national team following their failure to qualify for the World Cup.
In comments to his team in a video released by the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Liverpool striker said how proud he was of the team, “whether he is here or not.”
The Pharaohs lost to Senegal in a penalty shootout on Tuesday.
The video shows Salah addressing his teammates in the locker room after his grueling loss, saying: “I told the players yesterday (before the match) that I am proud to have played with them and that they are among the best I have ever played with. played. with.”
“There’s not much to say, but it’s been an honor playing with you, whether he’s here or not.”
Salah’s comments are being interpreted as a sign that he may be ready to retire from international football.
The 29-year-old began his career with the Egyptian national team in 2011.
One of his most important achievements was scoring a late goal in the 2017 World Cup qualifiers against Congo, sending Egypt to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
On Tuesday, Salah uncharacteristically took a penalty over the crossbar in a penalty shootout with Senegal.
It is the second time in two months that the Pharaohs have lost to Senegal after the Teranga Lions beat them in the African Cup of Nations final in February, in a match that also ended on penalties.