Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Thierry Says ,Cynon' to France

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Thierry Says ,Cynon' to France

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FOOTBALL: France's highest scorer, Thierry Henry, says he will never consider playing for the team again even if new coach and former team-mate Laurent Blanc asks him to.

Henry, scorer of a record 51 goals in 12 years for Les Bleus, announced after the team's World Cup debacle that he had quit international football.

In an interview in sports daily L'Equipe on Friday, 32-year-old Henry was asked if he would return if Blanc asked him to help out during the 2012 European Championship qualifying campaign, which begins against Belarus on September 3.

"I won't go. It's finished," Henry said. "I will not come back to the French team again."

Henry was part of the World Cup squad that went on strike at training in protest at striker Nicolas Anelka being thrown off the team for insulting coach Raymond Domenech.

France failed to win a game for the second consecutive major tournament, going out in the group stage as it did at Euro 2008.

Henry hardly played in South Africa and was benched by Domenech, who has since been replaced by Blanc. …

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