A legendary ex-Egypt boss has slammed Mohamed Salah for failing to replicate his club performances with his national team.
Hassan Shehata, 75, etched his name into football's history books when he guided the Pharaohs to three consecutive Africa Cup of Nations triumphs, with the last one coming in 2010.
Since then, however, Egypt have not clinched the title in the past six tournaments – losing in the final in 2017 and earlier this year – while they also failed to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup after losing to Senegal in the play-offs, despite having a free-scoring Salah in their ranks.
Shehata has now questioned the Liverpool star's contribution for the national team, while seemingly also accusing previous boss Carlos Queiroz of being hired by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) due to his connection with the 30-year-old forward.
"I have been out of the picture for a while and I don't know why," the veteran head coach told Sada El-Balad TV channel.
"When you think about it, I won three consecutive AFCON titles then got sacked, and after that, I was always treated like my days were over.
"Foreign coaches are given all they want, they are paid well and they get all they ask for.
"Ehab Galal took charge at the wrong time, he didn't have enough time to prepare his players. I hope he doesn't lose confidence, no other manager would have succeeded in these circumstances.
"Queiroz was different from [former Egypt manager Hector] Cuper, but he came through a player's agent, which is not something the EFA should do.
"The player is Mohamed Salah, and I wasn't convinced about choosing Queiroz from the beginning.
"Salah is a great player, he's done so much abroad and he's one of the world's biggest stars. But he didn't do anything for the Egyptian national team, he should have done more."
Following Egypt's failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, Salah gave an ambiguous statement that led to rumours he may retire from international duty.
"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," the winger said, per the Daily Mirror, although he has represented his country since, featuring in their opening 2023 Afcon qualifier against Guinea, which Egypt won 1-0.
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