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Thierry Henry rules out return to Europe

By SImon Stone

Thierry Henry has ruled out any chance of returning to Europe, even on a short-term loan.

The former Arsenal star joined David Beckham in the MLS last year, signing for the New York Red Bulls.

Earlier this year, Henry returned to the Gunners to use their training facilities at London Colney in a bid to gain full fitness ahead of the new American season.

However, sitting alongside Beckham, who will be a team-mate in the MLS All-Stars' side to face Manchester United at Red Bull Arena tonight, the 33-year-old rejected the idea of following the Englishman's lead and heading back to Europe for a short spell.

"Nope. I am happy here," said Henry.

"I am done with Europe. I was fortunate enough to win everything at club level and now I am happy where I am.

"I am trying to help my team win something, which is very difficult. I respect what David has done but right now, for me, no."

Beckham later explained his reasons for twice joining AC Milan; furthering an international career he has not abandoned even though it is over 12 months since he least featured for the Three Lions.

"I would love to be involved with the England side again," he said.

"I always said I would be available for my country.

"We have a lot of great young talent coming through and it is great that the manager is giving these kids a chance. They deserve it.

"But I always said I would leave the door open. I would always want to be involved.

"I am proud to have played 115 times. I have always had a good relationship with Fabio Capello.

"He has a tough job but, if there was a chance, I would love to play for my country again."

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