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Henry edges to within one of Platini's record

Thierry Henry strikes his 40th international goal during France's 1-0 friendly win over Slovakia, to equal the record set by French playing legend Michel Platini.

sports Updated: Aug 23, 2007 14:27 IST


Thierry Henry marked his return to the international scene after a six month hiatus with the decisive goal in France's 1-0 friendly win over Slovakia.

Barcelona's new signing struck in the 39th minute for his 40th international goal on Wednesday, to put him within one of the record 40 goal tally set by French playing legend and recently elected president of UEFA, Michel Platini.

This was former Arsenal star Henry's first appearance for France since February 7 and he left his imprint on the game striking the back of the net with a freekick.

The win will act as a confidence booster for Raymond Domenech's side as they prepare to face Italy in a Euro 2008 qualifier next month.

Domenech reflected, "It's always better to win than to lose, especially against Slovakia. I'm satisfied, but you have to remember the matches that counts are the qualifiers (against Italy on September 8 and Scotland four days later).

First Published: Aug 23, 2007 14:07 IST