Henry and Heskey end their International careers

Thierry Henry has announced his retirement from international football with France after playing 123 times for Les Bleus. Also, Emile Heskey has decided to end his international career after England’s disappointing World Cup campaign.


Henry, who has just joined MLS side New York Red Bulls, has decided to call time on his international career after 13 years playing for France. The 32-year-old foraward announced his decision during an interview Thursday at the offices of The Associated Press before a news conference to discuss his signing with Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls. He said he will not try to emulate England’s David Beckham and commute between the US and Europe. “I always want to be here 100 per cent and fully committed to this cause and the organization,” Henry said. In his 123 caps Henry scored 51 goals, which made him the top scorer for his country. In a short statement, Henry said:

“This is the end for me on the national team.”

Another player on his way out of international football is the 32-year-old Aston Villa forward, Emile Heskey. Heskey said today:

“I have enjoyed every moment of my England career and worn the shirt with pride every time I have been fortunate enough to have been selected.”


“I would like to thank every manager I have played under, everyone at The FA and the fans for all their support over the years. I wish the management team and the playing squad all the best for the future.” Heskey was handed his international debut by Kevin Keegan when he came on for Kevin Phillips in the friendly against Hungary in Budapest on 28 April, 1999, and he played his last match against Algeria in a group-stage game at the 2010 World Cup.

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