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Liverpool star Salah hints at retirement from international football with Egypt

11:15 GMT+4 31/03/2022
Mohamed Salah Egypt 2021-22
The Reds forward missed his side's first penalty in the shoot-out as they went out to Senegal in Tuesday's play-off clash

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has hinted he may be ready to retire from international football following World Cup heartbreak against Senegal, while Egypt have requested the match be replayed.

Salah missed a penalty in Tuesday's shoot-out as his nation missed out on a place in Qatar, having drawn 1-1 on aggregate over the two legs of the qualifier.

Now, at the age of 29, he seems to be having doubts over whether to return to duty for the Pharaohs.

What was said?

Salah was caught on video in the Egypt dressing room speaking in frank terms with his team-mates.

“I told the players before the second match that I am proud to play with them and they are among the best I have played with," he explained.

“I played for some time with the previous generation, with Wael Gomaa and Mohamed Abu Trika, then Abdullah Al-Saeed and his generation, but I'm happy with the current generation.

“I am proud to play with you and it was an honour for me, and what happened cannot be interfered with by anyone because for the second time it is a penalty shootout (after the AFCON final).

"There is not much I can say but it has been an honour to play with you, whether I will be in the national team after that or not."

Egyptian Minister of Sports, Ashraf Sobhi, however, interrupted him, saying: "You will be there."

The game against Senegal, that saw Salah miss a penalty in the shoot-out, was marred with controversy, with Egypt having since requested the game be replayed citing racism and abuse from the crowd.

Salah in particular was targeted, with lasers having been shone in his face before he blazed his penalty over the bar, while he had to be protected by security staff as missiles were pelted in his direction as he attempted to leave the pitch after the game.

A new mural for Salah

While Salah's international future may be up in the air, he remains a hero both for Egypt and in Liverpool, where a new mural was unveiled for the star.

The forward has been at Anfield since 2017, netting 153 goals in 239 games in all competitions and leading the Reds to glory in both the Champions League and Premier League.

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