France coach, Didier Deschamps, has tagged former team mate and country boy, Thierry Henry as “enemy” ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi final clash between France and Belgium on Tuesday.
In the first semi final game on Tuesday in Saint Petersburg, Henry will be on the opposition bench as assistant to Belgium coach, Roberto Martinez.
Both Deschamps and Henry were both Les Bleus players when the French side won its first and only World Cup title in 1998.
“When you go to a club abroad and play one from your own country, you are part of the enemy team,” Deschamps said.
“This time it is much higher. He is on the bench and facing his home nation.
“But he did know that from the time he became an assistant to Martinez. That can happen.
“I’m pleased for him, he’s somebody I appreciate. We played as team-mates. He jumped on the right train — he did a lot of great things after, for club and the national team.
“It is a difficult situation. It is not easy for him.”
France are undefeated in four of five matches played at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.