Egypt vs Saudi Arabia
Monday sees the start of the final round of group games at the World Cup.
Egypt take on Saudi Arabia with both sides already eliminated from the World Cup.
Both Egypt and Saudi Arabia have lost their opening two matches in Russia.
Is Mohamed Salah about to quit Egypt?
On Monday morning fears have been heightened that Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is about to retire from international football.
Egypt started on the backfoot as Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was unable to play in their opener against Uruguay.
Despite a steady performance for much of the match, Egypt let in a late goal against the South Americans from a corner.
Egypt were dumped out the competition following a 3-1 defeat against Russia.
Salah played against the World Cup hosts and he scored from the spot late on.
However, off the pitch Salah has come under criticism for his activities in Russia. In particular, Salah is in trouble for meeting Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov before the World Cup start.
Liverpool’s Salah is unhappy
The Times have now revealed Salah may hang up his boots for Egypt because of the Kadyrov backlash:
Mohamed Salah is considering retiring from international football according to sources close to the Liverpool forward after becoming increasingly concerned that his image and reputation are being used for political purposes by the Egyptian football authorities.
He has previously clashed with the Egypt FA over the use of his image rights and the 26-year-old is understood to be furious that he has unwittingly become associated with a divisive political figure and has questioned his future with the team.
A few days ago the Liverpool star turned to social media to try to squash the negative rumours. He wrote:
Everyone in Egypt is together and there is absolutely no disagreement between us. We respect each other and the relationship is great.
Nevertheless the Salah rumours persist.
الجميع في منتخب مصر متكاتف ولا يوجد أي خلاف على الإطلاق بيننا.. نحترم بعضنا البعض والعلاقة على أفضل وجه.
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) June 20, 2018