Thierry Henry will be Belgium’s coach against the Netherlands

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BRUSSELS (AP) — Thierry Henry will take charge of Belgium in Sunday’s Nations League game against the Netherlands to replace the suspended Roberto Martinez, the Belgian Football Association announced on Friday.

It will be Henry’s first game as Belgium manager.

The former France forward returned to the Belgium national team last year after serving as an assistant coach between 2016 and 2018. He has agreed to take on a permanent assistant coaching role on the coaching staff until after this year’s World Cup.

Martinez was sent off just before the end of Belgium’s 2-1 win over Wales in Brussels on Thursday. The Belgian team travel to Amsterdam on Sunday with the challenge of reaching the Nations League final by at least three goals.

As a 1998 world champion with France, Henry retired as a player in December 2014. His coaching career includes stints at Monaco and MLS club Montreal.

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