El Shaarawy reveals why he chose Italy over Egypt

Stephan El Shaarawy celebrating a goal with Iago Falque and Mohamed Salah Copyright -Via Stephan El Shaarawy's twitter: @OfficialEl92

AS Roma and Italy international striker, Stephan El Shaarawy, has revealed he never regretted turning down Egypt and playing for Italy despite his Egyptian heritage.

In an exclusive interview with al-ain.net, the 23-year-old said that choosing Italy was the logical choice for him since he represented them from the age of fifteen, adding that he didn’t have the time to think about his decision.

The speedy winger who is on loan from AC Milan to AS Roma also talked about his relationship with his teammate Egyptian star Mohamed Salah, revealing the origin of their famous pyramid celebration.

It was originally my idea during the match with Fiorentina. He made an assist to me and I scored. In that moment I had the idea and proposed it to him. He liked the idea so we have both done the pyramid at the same time. ”

El Shaarawy also talked about his relation with “Momo”, describing him as a very humble and mature player despite his young age:

Momo is a very good fellow player, he’s very humble. We have a very good relation. Despite he is very young, he is already mature, already a man!

My knowledge of the Egyptian football comes mainly through my father who was supporter of Al Ahly and through his family when I come to visit Egypt, as the last time in Tanta in 2010. I follow mainly the National team of Egypt more than the clubs.” He replied when asked about his Egyptian football knowledge.

He went on and praised the Egypt national team, saying that the Pharaohs could have good chances of qualifying to the 2018 World Cup.

I follow Egypt and see often the matches at the TV. The Pharaos have a very good team and I believe they have very good chances.

El Shaarawy, who scored 6 goals in 8 matches with the Giallorossi expressed his delight at playing with Italian legend Francesco Totti, finishing the interview by talking about the racism problem in Italy and Europe.

Frankly I never felt danger. As foot ball players we can give and keep giving to the ones who see us a very positive example. You see our example here at Roma. Our dressing room is a happy mixture of men coming from all over the World. Different colours of skin, different habits, different religions but we work together without any problem every day as we work for the same goal. This is the best example of mutual respect. My wish is that a dressing room like ours becomes a mirror for those who watch us everyday at the TV and in the stadiums.”