At the 2018 World Cup, we've already seen the likes of Morocco and Saudi Arabia go out with a whimper after losing their opening games without scoring a single goal, and history is filled with examples of low-ranked nations enduring similarly awful World Cup campaigns.
Mohamed Salah is considering retiring from Egypt duty following the controversy surrounding him posing for photographs with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. "That's right!" the Chechen leader wrote in a social media post.
Reports from Egypt suggest that Salah is angered by how his influence and public image have been used to help further certain parties' political agendas. I didn't invite Mo Salah or the Egyptian team.
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A source with knowledge of Salah's position on the matter has confirmed this to be correct to ESPN FC, adding that the player is now considering his global future.
The Liverpool talisman was also captured smiling during a speech from Kadyrov, with Salah reportedly unhappy at being used as a political image and eager to only get involved in topics about football.
The Egyptian FA later on Sunday tried to play down the reports, insisting Salah was still happy, saying: "Reports that Salah wants to leave are completely wrong".
EFA boss Abo Rida insisted: 'We have our captain Mohamed Salah and under the rules Federation Internationale de Football Association requires him to be inside his camp and requires him to stay with his team. "He is training well and that means no problem".
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Thomas Meunier put him in behind the defence and Lukaku tucked his shot away, celebrating with De Bruyne, who started the move. Tunisia captain Khazri grabbed their second goal just before the final whistle of their second defeat in Russian Federation .
Salah, who hit 44 goals for Liverpool in his debut season, suffered the injury in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid when Sergio Ramos wrestled him to the floor.
The Chechen controversy is the latest that Salah has experienced while on worldwide duty, with the forward winning a battle against the Egyptian FA in April over the use of his image rights.
But his worldwide future will now be under consideration as a result of the events in Chechnya during the tournament.
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