Mo Salah considering quitting Egyptian national team


Given his stellar club season and central role in Egypt's qualification campaign, Mohamed Salah deserved the World Cup stage more than most.

Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov waves to the fans as he shows off legendary Egyptian footballer, Mohamed Salah during the Egyptian National Team's training session.

The Liverpool star has come under criticism for partaking in a series of photo's with Kadyrov, with the Chechen leader accused of using the Egyptian to improve his government's worldwide image. "I didn't invite Mohamed Salah or the Egyptian team, they chose us themselves", he said.

Kadyrov, a former rebel who switched his loyalties to Moscow, faces accusations of gross human rights violations, including abductions, killings and a widely reported anti-gay pogrom, which he has denied.

The CNN report states that: "Salah feels exposed by what has happened in Chechnya".

The Egyptian football federation spokesman Osama Ismail said that Salah had not complained to the federation.

The Liverpool talisman was also captured smiling during a speech from Kadyrov, with Salah reportedly unhappy at being used as a political image and eager to only get involved in topics about football.

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But Egypt's 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary may have to wait for an appearance off the bench to set a record as the oldest player ever to appear at a World Cup.

Salah received an injury in that game and subsequently missed Egypt's opening World Cup match against Uruguay, which the Pharaohs lost 1-0 in the last minute.

"Reports that Salah wants to leave are completely wrong".

"No we did not receive anything from Liverpool".

Stopper El-Hadary was born in Damietta on January 15, 1973, and now plays his football in Saudi Arabia for the side Al-Taawoun - he made 22 appearances last season and even scored a goal, a penalty.

There was speculation over whether Salah would start the game amid rumours that he was going to quit global duty.

The others in the top six are all goalkeepers: Northern Ireland's Pat Jennings, England's Peter Shilton and Italy's Dino Zoff, the 1982 World Cup-winning captain.