Following Egypt’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, Mohamed Salah has raised questions about his long-term future with the national side, which he helped to create.
The Liverpool striker expressed his admiration for his teammates in a video released by Egypt’s ministry of youth and sports, saying he was proud of them “whether I was there or not.”
On Tuesday, the Pharoahs were defeated by Senegal in a penalty shootout.
After their painful loss, Salah addresses his teammates in the locker room, stating, “I told the guys yesterday (before the match) that I am happy to have played with them and that they are among the greatest I have ever played with.”
In the end, there isn’t much to say, but it has been a pleasure to play with you, whether or not I was there.
It is being speculated that Salah’s statements are a hint that he is about to retire from international football.
The 29-year-old began his professional footballing career with the Egyptian national team back in 2011.
Egypt qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after scoring a last-minute goal against Congo in the 2017 World Cup qualifiers. This was one of his finest performances in football.
Salah missed a penalty kick in the shootout against Senegal on Tuesday, an uncommon miss for the Egyptian forward.
In February, the Pharoahs were defeated by Senegal in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, a match that was again decided by a penalty shootout. This is the second time in less than two months that the Pharoahs have fallen to the Lions of Teranga.