In Pictures: Thierry Henry's France Career runs through the key points in Titi's career with les Bleus...

Bafana Bookend| Thierry Henry makes his international debut against the same opposition which he took his final bow, South Africa, in October 1997.

Tour de Force| Despite being a relative unknown Henry took the 1998 World Cup by storm, scoring three times en-route to the final. Here he is netting against Saudi Arabia in the Group stages.

Spot on| Thierry celebrates the quarter-final penalty-shoot-out win over Italy.

World champion, European champion| The French embellished their world crown with the Henri Delaunay trophy in 2000.

Three-peat| For the second international competition running, Henry scored three times on the way to picking up a winner's medal.

The bigger they come| A veritable superstar by the time World Cup 2002 rolled around, Henry nonetheless suffered like the rest of his team-mates in the far east. France limped out, goalless, at the group stage. Henry saw red against Uruguay to round off a miserable tournament.

End of the line?| France's Euro 2004 campaign had many observers writing off their elder players after a defeat to Greece. Henry scored two on the way to the quarters, where les Bleus again came up short.

Cometh the hour| A sublime strike from Henry helped France qualify for World Cup 2006 at the expense of Ireland. It wouldn't be the last that the Irish saw of their number one adversary.

Fraternité| Team spirit is prevalent at World Cup 2006. Henry is pictured below with Pascal Chimbonda and Jean-Alain Boumsong during a rendition of La Marseillais.

Silver medal| France's barnstorming tournament, during which Zinedine Zidane was irrepressible, ended at the end of a penalty shoot-out against Italy in Berlin. 1998 avenged.

Record-breaker| A late double against Lithuania in October 2007 meant Henry surpassed Michel Platini's 41-goal haul and became France's all time top-scorer.

Infamy| Perhaps the moment that will live longer in the memory than any other. Henry handles the ball against Ireland before setting William Gallas up for the decisive goal in the World Cup play-off.

Tongue-in-cheek| Henry applauds the Saint Denis public after the game.

The end| After 125 caps, 51 goals, Henry plays his last game for his country in the defeat to South Africa.

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