France coach hints Thierry Henry could make one final appearance

Friday December 5th, 2014

Thierry Henry has ended his playing career with the New York Red Bulls and reportedly has been linked to a coaching role at his former club, Arsenal, but there is speculation that he could also return to the pitch for a final "tribute" appearance as a member of France's national team, according to a report from the Associated Press.

In a radio appearance on Thursday, France coach Didier Deschamp said Henry deserved a tribute but did not specify what the tribute would be.

From the report:

"Everyone has their own ideas. Some people will consider it to be a good idea, others will consider it a bad idea," Deschamps said. "Thierry Henry deserves a tribute. I won't say right now how it will happen. I'm going to take my time because it merits reflection. I'm going to discuss it with my (French Football Federation) president and we'll let you know."

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Henry, 37, had 123 caps with the French team, with his final appearance coming during the 2010 World Cup against South Africa. 

France will play an international friendly against Denmark on March 29 at Stade de France, three days after a reported match against Brazil on March 26. Deschamp indicated that his main focus will be preparing his team for the 2016 UEFA Euro tournament. 

"Even if it's just a friendly match, we're preparing for the Euro and that's the reality," Deschamps said. "Thierry Henry has (already) worn this jersey and stopped his international career a few years ago. There are many possible ways to pay tribute to him."

- Josh Sanchez
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