Arsenal icon Thierry Henry was named alongside Alan Shearer as as an inaugural member of the Premier League Corridor of Fame on Monday morning – and reacted to the information stay on talkSPORT.
Henry is likely one of the best gamers the English sport has seen and netted a club-record 175 Premier League targets in 258 matches for Arsenal.
The Frenchman received the league title twice and was a key member of the ‘Invincibles’ staff that went unbeaten by way of the 2003-04 marketing campaign.
Henry and Shearer are the primary two gamers to be inducted into the Premier League’s newly-formed Corridor of Fame.
“Wow! I’m going to be trustworthy with you, you don’t take into consideration these items once you’re taking part in soccer,” Henry advised talkSPORT Breakfast when requested what it meant to him.
“The one factor I wished to do was make my dad completely satisfied. That was the beginning and that was the top for me. Every little thing that got here after that was a plus and by no means a minus.
“Though I had nice moments in profession and unhealthy moments, the one factor I wished to do firstly was to make my dad completely satisfied and put a smile on his face.
“As soon as I’ve finished that, belief me it was onerous, all the things was a plus.
“I’ll take this chance to thank all the blokes I performed with as you don’t obtain something alone.
“I had the chance to play in opposition to some nice gamers who made me higher, however the hardest factor I needed to do was practice at Arsenal Soccer Membership.
“The competitors on the coaching floor… wow. It was onerous taking part in in opposition to Sol Campbell, Kolo Toure or Martin Keown biting you in every single place when he couldn’t seize me.
“Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires – the checklist is lengthy. I’ve to speak concerning the outdated guard as effectively. The likes of Tony (Adams), David Seaman, Lee Dixon and Ray Parlour as a result of these guys have been Arsenal and made me perceive what Arsenal was about.
“I took it on board and the remaining was historical past.”
Becoming a member of him was Shearer – the league’s all-time high scorer having netted 260 targets for Blackburn and Newcastle between 1992 and 2006, whereas he lifted the title with Rovers in 1995.
Shearer stated on premierleague.com: “Once you take a look at a number of the unbelievable gamers to have graced the Premier League, I really feel very honoured to affix the Corridor of Fame. I’ve to thank all of my team-mates, in addition to the managers and coaches that I’ve labored with.
“All I ever wished to be was an expert footballer. It was my dream to try this, my dream to win trophies and my dream to attain at St James’ Park, to put on the quantity 9 black-and-white shirt and it was implausible. I loved each minute of it.”
An additional six inductees will probably be chosen by a followers’ vote from 23 nominees introduced on Monday night. Voting will probably be open till Could 2.