| 6°C Dublin

Deschamps could give Henry 'final tribute' cap


Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry

France coach Didier Deschamps has hinted that he could give Thierry Henry a final game as a "tribute" to his playing career.

The 37-year-old Henry is contemplating his future after ending his career with the New York Red Bulls, and he has been linked to a potential coaching role at Arsenal under his former coach Arsene Wenger.

Henry is France's record scorer with 51 goals but has not played since his making his 123rd international appearance against South Africa, during France's disappointing 2010 World Cup campaign.

Sections of the French media have urged for Henry (above) to be given a farewell send-off.

"Everyone has their own ideas. Some people will consider it to be a good idea, others will consider it a bad idea," Deschamps said yesterday.

"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."

France's next match is against Denmark at Stade de France on March 29, with a match reportedly scheduled against Brazil three days earlier.

France's form has picked up since Deschamps took charge two years ago and the team reached the World Cup quarterfinals earlier this year. With France hosting the next European Championship in 2016, it has only friendlies up until then.

Given this, it could be delicate to give Henry a game, even as a substitute, when other players are fighting for a spot in a largely settled team.