Former Egypt boss Hassan Shehata has sensationally claimed Mohamed Salah ‘hasn’t done anything’ for the national side in stinging criticism of the Liverpool star’s performances for his country.
Salah endured double disappointment with Egypt this year after they were beaten by Senegal in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in February.
Egypt then failed to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar after losing to the same opponents in a play-off, with Salah missing from the spot in the penalty shootout.
Former Egypt boss Hassan Shehata has hit out at Mohamed Salah’s displays for Egypt
The 30-year-old Liverpool star has endured a frustrating year with the Egyptian national team
The Liverpool forward has won all four domestic trophies and the Champions League in his time at Anfield but has been unable to replicate that success with Egypt.
And Shehata, who guided Egypt to three straight AFCON titles between 2006 and 2010, believes Salah should contribute more to his national team.
‘Salah is a great player, he’s done so much abroad and he’s one of the world’s biggest stars,’ he said on the Sada El-Balad TV channel.
‘But he didn’t do anything for the Egyptian national team, he should have done more.’
Salah missed a penalty in Egypt’s shootout defeat to Senegal in their World Cup play-off
Salah, who has scored 45 goals in 83 caps for his country, hinted at retirement from international football earlier this year.
‘I am honoured that I played with you and I am very proud to play with you whether I am with you or not in the future,’ he said.
Salah has committed to Liverpool for the coming season but could leave when his contract expires in June 2023. The 30-year-old has reached an impasse with the club and reportedly wants to remain in the Premier League if he does depart Anfield.