Hugo Lloris has labelled Thierry Henry one of the great gentlemen of French football ahead of what promises to be an emotional World Cup semi-final for the Arsenal great in St Petersburg.
France take on Belgium at Krestovsky Stadium on Tuesday, with their all-time record goalscorer Henry now a member of Red Devils coach Roberto Martinez’s backroom staff.
Henry helped France to glory at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 and the sight of him attempting to help plot their downfall this time around promises to be somewhat surreal.
“I was lucky to play with him for two seasons in the French team. He’s was a great player and a great gentleman of French football,” Les Blues captain and goalkeeper Lloris told a news conference.
“It is true it is a little bit peculiar to see him with the Belgian team. But that is his career and now he is learning for his future career.
“I think his heart will be split because before everything he is French. He has lived through great moments with the blue jersey – he has the record of goals scored and the second most caps.
“He left a mark on the history of Les Bleus. He has a great passion for football. He will be with the Belgians and do everything to help his team.”
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