Raymond Domenech has refused to give guarantee Thierry Henry a place in France’s 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup finals.
The 32-year-old is out of favour at Barcelona and that, combined with the number of options available to Domenech, means that France’s all-time leading goalscorer cannot be assured of a place on the plane to South Africa.
Domenech told French television show Canal Football Club: “It is a question that would arise on May 11 (the date of the initial squad announcement).”
Henry was a member of the World Cup-winning squad in 1998 and the Euro 2000-winning team and has scored 51 times in 118 appearances for France.
“I have deep respect for great players. Thierry has been, is (a great player). He does not play, but he is at Barcelona and he plays in a big competition,” added the coach. “But I cannot help ‘Titi’ in this way.”
Another potential striker for France is Nicolas Anelka and although the Chelsea forward has been critical of Domenech’s regime, the coach insisted he could accept constructive criticism.
“I do not take it as an attack,” said Domenech. “When those who speak are the players within the senior players, I’m happy, they are the ones who will save the team.”