French gaffer Didier Deschamps has said it is “bizarre” to see former teammate Thierry Henry be on the opponent’s bench as France prepare to tackle Belgium in the semis of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Henry, who won the 1998 tournament with Deschamp on home soil, works as assistant coach with the Red Devils.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s game, Deschamps said it looked awkward for the former Arsenal goal poacher to be plotting his nation’s downfall.
“It’s bizarre because he’s French and will be on the opponent’s bench,” Deschamps told French sports show Telefoot on Sunday. “But he is someone I really appreciate, I’m happy for him.”
Henry bagged 51 goals in 123 games, and featured for the Les Blues in four editions of the global showpiece – 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010.