CAIRO: Hassan Shehata insisted that Gamal Hamza and Mohamed Barakat will not be recalled to the national team as long as he is in charge.
The Egypt coach declared that he is not ready to tolerate comments made by the duo to the media in recent months.
One day I said that Hamza was not training seriously, then he replied on TV saying that this is a joke , Shehata told Dream TV.
I am not a joker, and I vehemently reject this attitude.
I am not ready to call a player who speaks like that in public, even if he became the best in the world.
I was expecting disciplinary action from the Egyptian Football Association, but it seems I have to handle it my way.
In the same manner, Shehata closed the door on Ahly winger Barakat, as he accused the latter of repeatedly criticizing him in public.
Barakat has persistently criticized me in public, how can a manager recall a player who attacks him, even if he was the best, he added.
Barakat was a key member of Egypt s 2006 African Cup of Nations triumph, but the versatile midfielder pulled out of CAN 2008 due to injury.
However, the 30-year-old was not called up after that, despite regaining form and fitness with Ahly.