Henry quits international football

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France striker Thierry Henry has announced his retirement from international soccer, bringing an end to a dazzling career that saw him win almost every major trophy and honour in the game.

A World Cup and European championship winner, Henry confirmed his expected retirement from international duty after deciding to quit European club soccer for a fresh start in the United States with Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls.

The 32-year-old made 123 appearances for Les Bleus, scoring a record 51 goals. His final match was as a substitute at the World Cup in South Africa last month.

"I had decided to retire, in my head, before the World Cup," he told a news conference at the Red Bulls' complex in New York. "I just didn't want to announce it before the World Cup.

Despite agreeing to continue playing at club level for another four and a half seasons, Henry said he never gave any thought to shuttling across the Atlantic Ocean to continue his international career.

"I wanted to be able to come here and be available for the boss," he said. "When he wants me to train, I will train. When he wants me to have a day off, I'll have a day off. I couldn't see myself going back and forth."

Henry was signed by French first division club Monaco as a 13-year-old in 1991 and made his first team debut at the beginning of the 1994/95 season under Arsene Wenger.

Henry helped Monaco win the French championship in 1997 and was rewarded with his first international cap at the start of the following season.

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