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13-year career brought to an end

France's World Cup and European Championship winning striker Thierry Henry has announced his retirement from international football.

The 32-year-old has enjoyed a successful 13-year run in the French set-up and helped himself to 51 goals in 123 appearances during a glittering international career. 

The highlights of this spell were undoubtedly the home soil success at World Cup 1998 and victory in the European Championships two years later.

After his move from Barcelona to the New York Red Bulls was announced the previous day, he made the revelation on Thursday that he was quitting Les Blues in a news conference.

In a short statement, Henry said: "This is the end for me on the national team."

The Arsenal legend had endured a miserable World Cup 2010 after the captaincy was handed to Manchester United's Patrice Evra and he was left on the substitutes' bench. 

His final display for the team came as a late substitute in the embarrassing 2-1 defeat to hosts South Africa after the squad had been torn apart by strike action and constant internal disputes.

Henry will hope he is remembered for his earlier accomplishments, though. He retires as the country's top all-time goalscorer and sits second in appearances, behind only Lilian Thuram, who played 142 times for France.

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