The Egyptian Football Association has tried to quell talks about Mohamed Salah contemplation of bringing an end to his international career with Egypt after the 2018 World Cup.
Rumor in the Liverpool forward's homeland claimed that Monday afternoon's dead rubber against Saudi Arabia at the Volgograd Arena would be his last for the Pharaohs.
The 26-year-old's relationship with his national side's governing body has been left edgy because of a sponsorship row, and Salah is also apparently upset after being criticised for meeting with Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
The EFA maintains that a retirement call is not in the offing, however, with a statement reading: “We were always informed by Salah when he takes any decisions. We spend the whole day together and he has never discussed this issue with any of the delegation's members.”
Salah missed Egypt's opening World Cup match against Uruguay due to a shoulder injury but was fit to play 90 minutes against Russia in their second Group game.
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