However, he is now working as a assistant coach for Belgium, who will face his home Country in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday evening. "I don't really see the point, whether it's for the French journalists, the foreign journalists, Belgian journalists, or others".
Ultimately, it was Samuel Umtiti rising above everyone else to steer a header past Courtois and the French back to the World Cup final.
"It's been two years to try and understand these footballers, the human beings behind the footballers, and to try and get a group that shared the same ambition, not just to use the national team to improve their brand", Martinez told a news conference. If he says something, it is always turns out to be something helpful.
'I used to do it sometimes, especially in the latter stages of my career, if I was playing against someone quick I'd get Michael Carrick or someone in front.
"Now we want to continue until the end", he said.
Belgium's come-from-behind win in the last 25 minutes of their second round tie against Japan would have made Roy of the Rovers envious while France produced a venomous sting in their tale to sweep past Argentina, after also finding themselves trailing in the second half.
But France feel Henry will be happy with any outcome on Tuesday. We were all happy, all hugging.
Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted: "Bravo, Red Devils, for your performances and for having thrilled us all the way to the semi-finals". "It is an opportunity, nearly to try and improve on what we did against Brazil", he said. "I would be very proud to show Thierry that he chose the wrong camp". On paper, France, the 1998 champions, is expected to triumph over the Belgium, but many fans here are saying that an upset could happen, going by the rising profiles of a talent-laden Belgian side.