Thierry Henry says France’s “crazy” strike force can blow opponents away at the Euros.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was recalled to the France squad after a six year absence on the back of a brilliant season in Spain.

The World Cup holders now boast a frightening array of attacking talent with Benzema, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann and Henry believes that will make them the team to beat this summer.

Henry, who has stood down from his BBC duties to rejoin Belgium’s coaching staff, said: “We won the World Cup without Benzema and then suddenly you have the luxury of bringing Benzema back.



Thierry Henry has hailed the French strike force
Thierry Henry has hailed the French strike force

“I’m happy to be French because when you see the sort of squad that we are going to have and you’re able to bring Benzema back… this is crazy. He’s one of the best strikers in the world.

“You won the World Cup without him and now you are bringing back one of the best strikers in the world and once again you are talking about winning the World Cup and the Euros. France have Benzema, Mbappe and Griezmann.”

Henry was part go the France team which won the World Cup in 1998 and then completed the Double by winning Euro 2000 and says they can repeat that success but he does rate England, although insisted you cannot win a major tournament without a top keeper.

Arsenal legend Henry said: “You have Portugal, they are European champions, you have to consider them, Spain are coming back with a young team and then England.

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“You guys have a good team, I always thought in the past, in the teams of Rio Ferdinand, and the teams were good and I thought they could have won it.

“They had the team but something was missing and that team has a chance. It’s the quality. You don’t have a lot of people with experience in big tournaments but it didn’t really matter in Russia.

“Some players will be in the tournament without experience, but sometimes when you are young, you have that don’t care attitude. But to win a big tournament, you need a top goalkeeper. Don’t ever forget that.”





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