The Belgium Football Fedrration on Friday on Friday confirmed that former Arsenal and France international Thierry Henry will work as an assistant to new Belgium manager Roberto Martinez.
Henry a Sky Sports pundit who had a public spat with his former manager, Arsene Wenger over combining his role as Arsenal Youth Development coach and his media duties took to Twitter to express his delight on his new asignment
“Honoured to be assistant coach @BelRedDevils. Thanks to Roberto Martinez & the Royal Belgian Football Association. Very excited.Can’t wait,” Henry tweeted to confirm the news on Friday.
Henry had been working as coach of Arsenal’s U-18 side before leaving after Arsene Wenger told him he could not
continue in the role unless he quit his punditry job.
Following Henry’s appointment, Martinez who replaced Marc Wilmots, said in a press conference on Friday that he is
satisfied with the staff at his disposal as he gets set for the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Meanwhile new Spain manager Julen Lopetegui has recalled Juan Mata and Diego Costa to the national team to face Belgium in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in September after both England-based stars missed Euro 2016.
Spain will also play Liechtenstein in Lopetegui’s first games since succeeding Vicente del Bosque this summer.
However, Arsenal duo Hector Bellerín and Santi Cazorla, as well as Iker Casillas and Cesc Fabregas have been left out, with makeshift Barcelona right-back Sergi Roberto picked over Bellerín.
West Ham goalkeeper Adrián also receives a first senior call-up in the 23-man squad.
Saúl Ñiguez and Paco Alcacer – also overlooked for the Euros – are back in and there’s a second inclusion for 20-year-old Real Madrid starlet Marco Asensio.
Lopetegui explains why he left out the iconic Casillas, who was second choice at the Euros.
“Iker is an icon but in this case we have decided that our number 1 is going to be De Gea, but in no way are we going to close the door on him,” the ex-Porto head coach said.