Liverpool star Mohamed Salah considering quitting Egypt national team

Egypt are already out of the World Cup after losing both of their opening two matches

Egypt are already out of the World Cup after losing both of their opening two matches

"Mohamed Salah is an honorary citizen of Chechnya!".

Egypt play Saudi Arabia on Monday afternoon, with both sides already having been knocked out of the tournament, in their final Group A fixture, and will look to win their first ever game in World Cup history.

Salah, who also plays as Liverpool FC's star striker, has reportedly said that he feels angry after being used as a political symbol by the man who carried out the Chechen gay purge.

Reports recently emerged suggesting Salah was on the brink of exiting the worldwide set-up following the backlash received after he had his picture taken with controversial Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Salah was honoured during a banquet held to bid farewell to the Egypt squad held at Kadyrov's presidential palace in Grozny on Friday night.

Salah was reported to be unhappy after being photographed with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

"We utterly condemn the acceptance by Mo Salah of any honour from Ramzan Kadyrov's Chechnya". Neither Salah nor his agent commented on the report, which went viral in the football-mad country.

Hector Cuper's side lost their first Group A matches, to Uruguay and Russian Federation, and their preparation for their final game was shrouded in mystery after Mohamed Salah's name was originally omitted from their starting lineup. He is eating and laughing with his teammates.

Kadyrov, leader of Chechnya since 2004, has stifled all dissent in the country, subduing the separatist movement that fought the Russian army for almost two decades.

"We did not get good results at the World Cup but the performance was not bad, we lost twice in the final minutes so I do not think the strategy was a failure".

But Salah is now believed to be weighing up his global future.

Reports criticized Kadyrov for using Salah for propaganda purposes, which the Chechen leader firmly denied. "This means there are no problems whatsoever".

"We scored and created five crucial chances, so I believe our strategy was right".

Online retailers must pay state tax, court rules
Mexico see off South Korea to continue perfect World Cup start