France striker Thierry Henry hangs up international boots

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France's World Cup and European Championship winning striker Thierry Henry has decided to call time on his international career a disastrous World Cup campaign.

The 32-year-old forward announced his decision before a news conference to discuss his decision to sign with the New York Red Bulls.

He said he would not try to emulate David Beckham, who has commuted between the United States and Europe in order to continue his international career while playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

"I always want to be here 100 percent and fully committed to this cause and the organization," Henry said.

"That was my last game, against South Africa," he said. "Ironically, it was also my first game in the national team against South Africa."

The former Arsenal captain said he had made up his mind to retire before the World Cup and became the second player to announce his international retirement on Thursday after Emile Heskey called time on his England career only hours earlier.

"I couldn't announce it before because that's the not type of thing you announce before a World Cup," he said.

Henry 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.

He was part of the squads that won the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 European Championship and reached the final of the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

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