I never told him it was okay - Salah responds to Ramos

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah

Mo Salah has revealed that, despite feeling "better", he is still uncertain whether he'll start Egypt's first game of the 2018 World Cup.

Facing an Egypt side shorn of Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in a 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, Belgium were given a chance to patch over some recent difficulties during their preparation period.

Egypt start their campaign in Group A with hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and group favourites Uruguay.

"Yes, it was", he told Marca.

Egypt will also face hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia in the the tournament, their first World Cup in almost three decades.

Egypt's pre-World Cup form has been a cause of concern for many supporters after they failed to win any of their five friendly matches.

On Egypt's aims with hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia also awaiting in Group A, Salah added: "I think we have a great team and a great coach [Hector Cuper]".

After saying his recovery is going well, Salah remembers "when I hit the floor, there was a mix of physical pain and worry. Also anger and sadness for not being able to continue playing the Champions League final", he stated.

His World Cup participation hanged in the balance.

Many of his fans had feared he would miss the World Cup altogether, but his appearance in Cairo has reignited expectations in The Pharaohs' key striker. I promise to do my best for our people'.

Pizzi will now spend the next few days getting his players in the right mental and physical state to play hosts Russian Federation in the World Cup opener on Thursday. Of course, someone can now say "ok, we've qualified, that's it".

However, after scoring 44 goals in his debut season with Liverpool, he says he wants to make history with his country in Russian Federation - he's not going there with the mentality that reaching finals is enough. "That doesn't go through my head". Hopefully. They have a great team and it would be hard to play against them.

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