Thierry Henry has joined the Belgian national team set-up as an assistant to new boss Roberto Martinez.
The former Gunner had accepted a coaching role with Arsenal’s under-18s earlier in the summer only for Arsene Wenger to withdraw the offer when the 39-year-old refused to give up his media work with Sky Sports.
Honoured to be assistant coach @BelRedDevils. Thanks to Roberto Martinez & the Royal Belgian Football Association. Very excited.Can’t wait.
— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) August 26, 2016
Henry will use his post with Belgium to complete his UEFA Pro Licence – the mandatory qualification needed to manage a top-flight European club.
Following an induction period, those wishing to qualify for the Pro Licence need to undergo a year-long course which involves around 240 hours of study combining a mixture of distance learning, online learning and conference calls. It is followed by a residential study week at Warwick university.
Belgium, currently ranked second in the world, face the likes of Gibralter, Bosnia, Greece, Estonia and Cyprus as they look to secure qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.