Former Egypt coach Hassan Shehata says Mohamed Salah has done nothing for his country despite his iconic status at the club level.
Shehata, only one of two coaches to win the Africa Cup of Nations on three different occasions, believes the two-time African Footballer of the year has not done enough for the Pharaohs.
The now 75-year-old left the Egyptian national team a year earlier before Salah made his debut in 2011.
“Technically, and I’m sorry to say this, but Mohamed Salah [has done] nothing with the national team,” Shehata told Egypt Independent, as quoted by Goal.
“He should have done much better than that. He must provide more when he plays for his country.
“He should have said this to the officials here, although he is not the one who chooses the players, he should have said that the players here are not like the players in England.
“Therefore, the coaches have to find a way to open the space for Salah. We must find players to help him appear properly on the pitch.”
Mohamed Salah, 30, is Egypt’s second all-time top scorer with 47 goals in 85 international games and has finished as Afcon runner-up on two different occasions in 2017 and 2021.
He also led Egypt to the Fifa World Cup finals in 2018 for the first time since 1990.