Liverpool’s Egyptian star Mohamed Salah has hinted he may be ready to retire from international football following World Cup heartbreak against Senegal.
Salah missed a penalty in Tuesday’s shoot-out as his country missed out on a place in Qatar, having drawn 1-1 on aggregate from the two qualifying matches.
Now, at the age of 29, he seems to have doubts about returning to the service of the pharaohs.
What was said?
Salah was caught on video in the Egypt locker room speaking frankly with his teammates.
“I told the players before the second game that I am proud to play with them and that they are among the best I have ever played with,” he explained.
“I played for some time with the previous generation, with Wael Gomaa and Mohamed Abu Trika, then with Abdullah Al-Saeed and his generation, but I am happy with the current generation.
“I am proud to play with you and it was an honor for me, and nobody can interfere with what happened because for the second time it is a penalty shootout (after the AFCON final).
“There’s not much I can say, but it’s been an honor playing with you, whether I’m on the national team after that or not.”
However, the Egyptian Sports Minister, Ashraf Sobhi, interrupted him, saying: “You will be there.”
A new mural for Salah
While Salah’s international future may be up in the air, he remains a hero to both Egypt and Liverpool, where a new mural for the star has been unveiled.
The striker has been at Anfield since 2017, scoring 153 goals in 239 games in all competitions and leading the Reds to glory in both the Champions League and Premier League.