Millwall midfielder Hefzalla on portraying Egypt ‘role model’ Salah

Millwall midfielder Ramez Hefzalla has spoken about his recent change of heart to represent the Egyptian national team.

Hefzalla was born in England to an Egyptian father and a Moroccan mother, giving him the ability to represent any of the three countries.

The 18-year-old had previously been called up by the Egyptian FA (EFA) to play for the U19 side but opted to play for Morocco instead.

A leaked image of the EFA’s letter to Millwall revealed that they asked the 18-year-old to pay for his flight and accommodation which could explain why he initially opted to play for Morocco.

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However, after just one training camp with the Moroccan U-20 side last year, Hefzalla opted to represent the Pharaohs in March.

“I have never refused to represent the Egyptian national team,” Hefzalla told ETC. “Millwall just wanted to make sure I was safe on the flight.

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“I love Egypt and I never felt like an outsider when I played with their youth team against Slovakia. I was happy to be in the camp and my teammates got along well.

Hefzalla also spoke of his aspirations to emulate Liverpool star Mohamed Salah’s success in England.

“He [Salah] is the greatest Egyptian player of all time, but I have a big dream to surpass what he has achieved,” Hefzalla continued.

“Playing in big European clubs is my dream, be it Liverpool, Arsenal etc. I want to play here in London and make Egyptians proud like Salah did.

“Without a doubt, Salah is a role model because he is the best player in the world right now, and he deserved to win the Ballon d’Or over Lionel Messi last year.”

Rebecca R. Santistevan