France boss Deschamps to consider farewell Henry call-up

Arsene Wenger and Zinedine Zidane have both publicly backed the idea of giving the World Cup winner a final game with Les Bleus

France coach Didier Deschamps has said he will think about the prospect of calling Thierry Henry up to the national team for a final time.

There have been increasing calls for the former Arsenal and Barcelona star to be recalled for a farewell appearance for Les Bleus in the friendly against Brazil in March, with Zinedine Zidane and Arsene Wenger amongst the big names to publicly back the idea.

Deschamps, who captained the national team in the victorious 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 tournaments in which Henry also played, says it is a possibility to recall the 37-year-old, but added he would not rush into a decision.

“It has become such a big media subject,” he told RMC. “Thierry Henry is a great player. He has marked the history of the France team, as have some others.

“It is worth thinking about. I’ll take the time to discuss it with the federation president.

“After people have ideas, they end up in the press. I won’t close the door but I don’t want to put pressure on this issue.

“We will take the time to discuss it. This is not for tomorrow. It will keep going. Thierry Henry is Thierry Henry.”

Henry, who made his international debut in 1997 and last played for his country in 2010, has 123 international caps and a record 51 goals to his name.