As Chris Sutton points out, Arsenal’s Thierry Henry was good enough to get England into the 2002 World Cup – and that despite – if ever there was a case of under-publicised due to his French origins, it is Salah
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Sachin Nakrani: Sachin, having set a world record by scoring five times in a Champions League semi-final, did Mo Salah really have to wait until Wednesday for his second hat-trick in seven days?
Chris Sutton: Clearly not. Certainly if the England team took a tumble in their month of glamour, it would be no cause for mirth. There’s no doubting Mo’s talent, as he has recently proved again after a season of up and down.
However, given Liverpool’s blistering form in both domestic and European competitions, and the fact that he bagged 40 goals last season in all competitions, he has some way to go before he gets into the league’s top-10 highest scorers, let alone the top-five. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has also been quick to remind the England team that if they had faced a Liverpool team front-to-back of Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Salah, instead of just the latter, they could have won the World Cup in 2002.