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Sam Morsy discloses his course towards World Cup with Egypt

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talked to Mirror about his journey from a kid till he was chosen in the Egypt squad for the World Cup.

Sam Morsy talked about how he started to get known among the Egyptians and how KingFut played a role in his popularity.

“While I was at Port Vale, the Egyptian website KingFut contacted me because they knew my dad was Egyptian,” he said. “The Egyptian fans began to become aware of me, especially when I went to Chesterfield and we had a couple of semi-final play-off games on Sky in 2015.

“But it wasn’t until two seasons ago the Egyptian FA contacted me and told me I was going to be called into the squad.”

Morsy then discussed the moment which made every Egyptian proud after 28 years of no World Cup involvement.

“That penalty moment was just incredible, unbelievable,” said Morsy, who helped Wigan to the League One title last month. “We’d conceded in the 90th minute, so the crowd of 80-odd thousand went from ­chanting and setting off fireworks to absolute silence.

“Our keeper, Essam El-Hadary, who is 45 and a legend, was trying to get the crowd going and then we got that penalty for the last kick of the game.

“Salah showed huge composure to score, and that sparked a pitch invasion.”

The Egyptian midfielder talked about how Salah helped him integrate into the squad and eased the adaptation phase for him. He now feels part of this squad and a part of the Egyptians too.

“He’s a brilliant guy,” he said. “He’s very relaxed. He’s the superstar of the team and he’s had a phenomenal season with Liverpool. He’s made me feel very welcome.

“He speaks to all the players and is very respectful and humble. He’s an amazing character to have around because of how nice and grounded he is.”

Morsy has four caps with the Egyptian national team and has been called up for the first time to the squad two years ago.

“I remember watching the World Cup at my friend’s house and now to play on this stage, against players like Luis Suarez, will be a dream come true for me.” concluded Morsy with the Mirror.

Egypt are set to play against Uruguay in their first match in the World Cup on Friday where they will be hoping to have fit and ready to help them in the match.

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