According to L’Equipe, the French Football Federation are planning a tribute to Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira ahead of Les Bleus friendly game with Brazil in March.
The ‘Invincible’ duo, along with Marcel Desailly, will be feted in a ceremony on the pitch at the Stade de France as thanks for their contribution at international level.
The eponymous Sport Witness provide the following translation of quotes from FFF president, Noel Le Graet: “We will honour before the France versus Brazil game players who have over 100 selections. Thierry Henry, Marcel Desailly and Patrick Vieira will be there.
“All will be at the Stade de France. It is likely that Didier (Deschamps) will have lunch with his team. There will be a ceremony before the game and they will obviously go on the field. Their presence is confirmed.”
Henry and Vieira both played significant parts in their country’s victories at the 1998 World Cup and the European Championships two years later.
It had originally been suggested that Henry, who called time on his playing career at the end of last year, might actually play against Brazil; an idea backed by Arsene Wenger.
That plan though appears to have been quashed by the FFF who are eager for Didier Deschamps to use the high profile fixture to properly prepare his side for EURO 2016.