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Sacre bleu! Henry uses English to retire

In announcing the end of a distinguished 20-year career, Thierry Henry made it clear where he felt more cherished.

It wasn’t in France, for which he won the 1998 World Cup and where he remains the national team’s leading goal-scorer and second-most capped player.

Henry, who speaks French, English and Spanish, decided to announce his retirement by posting a message in English on his Facebook page and via a statement from his future employer, Sky Sports in Britain.

“The English have made a statue of him, but in France, he has not always been recognized at his full worth,’’ said Frederic Thiriez, the president of the French league. “He will, nonetheless, remain a legend. He was an exceptional striker.’’

The statue of Henry, on his knees celebrating a goal, stands outside the home stadium of Arsenal, where he is regarded as the Gunners’ greatest player.

The 37-year-old Henry was linked to a potential coaching role with Arsenal after ending his career at the New York Red Bulls, but said he will become a TV analyst.

AP

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