Henry retires to pursue TV career

FAN FAVOURITE: Thierry Henry is to return to London to work as a TV analyst PHOTO: KERIM OKTEN/EPA
FAN FAVOURITE: Thierry Henry is to return to London to work as a TV analyst PHOTO: KERIM OKTEN/EPA

PARIS - Thierry Henry said yesterday that he was retiring from football after two decades and would become a TV analyst for Sky Sports in England.

"After 20 years in the game I have decided to retire from professional football," Henry said in a statement on his Facebook page.

Henry, 37, a world and European champion with France, and the scorer of 228 goals for Arsenal, finished his playing career at New York Red Bulls just days ago.

"It is now time for a different career path and I am pleased to say that I will be returning to London and joining Sky Sports," he said.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said recently that Henry will "certainly" return to the club in some capacity in the future.

Henry, who has a daughter based in England, told L'Equipe in recent weeks that he wanted to help Arsenal win the Champions League.

Henry first made his mark at French club Monaco before moving to Italian giants Juventus.

But the bulk of his career was spent at Arsenal under Wenger, who brought him to north London in 1999.

He was a crucial part of the 2003-2004 'Invincibles' team alongside fellow Frenchman Patrick Vieira, which went unbeaten as it marauded to the Premier League title.

In England, Henry won the Premier League twice and the FA Cup three times.

He completed his playing career in the US, playing for the New York Red Bulls in the MLS, but could not prevent them being eliminated in the semifinals of the play-offs this season.

His last international game was during the 2010 World Cup when he came on as a second-half substitute in a 2-1 loss to hosts South Africa as France were dumped out of a tournament. Capped 123 times for France, he scored a national record 51 goals during his international career.

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