Salah missed a penalty on Tuesday, March 29th shoot-out as Egupt missed out on a place in Qatar, having drawn 1-1 on aggregate over the two legs of the qualifier.
Now, aged 29, Salah might feel his future lies with club football rather than donning national colours.
Salah speaking to his Egyptian teammates in a video released online on Wednesday, March 30 said;
“I told the players before the second match that I am proud to play with them and they are among the best I have played with,” he explained.
“I played for some time with the previous generation, with Wael Gomaa and Mohamed Abu Trika, then Abdullah Al-Saeed and his generation, but I’m happy with the current generation.
“I am proud to play with you and it was an honour for me, and what happened cannot be interfered with by anyone because for the second time it is a penalty shootout (after the AFCON final).
“There is not much I can say but it has been an honour to play with you, whether I will be in the national team after that or not.”
Egyptian Minister of Sports, Ashraf Sobhi, however, interrupted him, saying: “You will be there.”