Former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was earlier today named the new assistant coach of the Belgium national team.
The 39 year old former striker expressed his delight with the appointment, tweeting, “Honoured to be assistant coach @BelRedDevils. Thanks to Roberto Martinez & the Royal Belgian Football Association. Very excited. Can’t wait.”
Henry, hung up his boots in 2014 with his final playing assignment being with New York Red Bulls. An Arsenal legend, Henry also played for Monaco, Juventus and Barcelona, He was briefly working as an under-18 coach at Arsenal alongside his role as a pundit for British television station Sky.
But he left the former role in July as he could not juggle his coaching with his punditry.
“Thierry is someone who knows how to develop a collective mentality, how to work together to win,” said ex-Everton coach Martinez, who was appointed at the start of the month to succeed the sacked Marc Wilmots.
“He won the World Cup in 1998 and has the experience to achieve great things. He is an important figure. He will bring something different. He agreed right away to join us,” said Martinez.
World No.2 Belgium lost to Wales in the quarter-finals of the Euro Championship in July.