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Thierry Henry embarrassed Belgium star so badly he had to leave training

As Thierry Henry returns to Belgium for Euro 2020, it’s only fitting that the story of him embarrassing a player so badly he had to leave training is retold.

The Arsenal legend will join Roberto Martinez’s coaching staff for the second time after the 43-year-old was assistant to the Spaniard between 2016-2018.

Under the pair’s stewardship, Belgium managed to reach the World Cup semi-finals, going out to eventual winners France.

Not long retired, the players could relate to Henry but had the utmost respect for what he had achieved in his playing career.

And as well as leaning on his experience, it seems they were able to learn a thing or two on the training pitch too as he clearly still had something left in the tank.

Thierry Henry liked to join in on Belgium’s training sessions

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In an interview with his coach, Romelu Lukaku remembered a time Henry showed up one of his teammates during a training session and the player was forced to walk off the field and left the session.

Lukaku said: “‘I think, in the national team when you were there, I think for us the strikers we had maybe the best time we could ever had, because the competition was there.

“Everyone played at a high level, thanks to you. We constantly wanted to do better, outdo each other.

“And even you were joining in the competition! That was the funny part. You may have been retired, but it was not visible at times.”

Lukaku added: “I remember when my brother came and he was like you did this skill in training but I’m not going to say any names but the player left the pitch.”

As the pair burst into laughter, Henry replied: “No don’t!”

Lukaku continued: “Jordan [his brother and teammate] came to me and he said, ‘Rom! I’ve seen some s*** today! Damn!’ He was like, ‘Damn man, that s*** was crazy!'”

Thierry Henry with Romelu Lukaku during Belgium training
Thierry Henry with Romelu Lukaku during Belgium training

Henry’s role with Belgium for the European championships this summer will be his first post since leaving MLS side Montreal Impact as head coach as he stepped down in February to be closer to his children in London.

He has been linked with a host of jobs, such as at Celtic and Bournemouth, but so far has not taken up any opportunities.

The news means that Henry will now no longer be a part of the BBC’s punditry team for the tournament.




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