Hazard & Lukaku would welcome Henry Belgium return

first_imgEden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku have expressed their support for sacked Monaco boss Thierry Henry, with both admitting they would welcome him back to the Belgium fold with open arms.The 41-year-old left his post as the right-hand man to Roberto Martinez in the Red Devils set-up to take the reins at the Ligue 1 club in October.But following a disappointing three months in charge, the Frenchman was dismissed after mustering only four wins in 20 games, to be replaced by the man he himself succeeded, Leonardo Jardim. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Speaking in the wake of his exit however, Chelsea striker Hazard and Manchester United forward Lukaku, both of whom worked with Henry at last year’s World Cup in Russia, have offered high praise of the former Arsenal star’s coaching skills.Belgium defied expectations to finish third at the showpiece tournament, topping Group G before knocking out Japan and Brazil en route to the semi-finals.Though they suffered a slim defeat to eventual champions France in the last four, they rallied to claim the bronze position in the third-place play-off against England.Speaking to Eleven Sports after victory over Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final, Hazard was effusive in his assessment of Henry’s abilities.“He did good [work with us] at Belgium,” the 28-year-old stated. “Monaco was not doing well this year, he was in trouble. He tried to get things right.Thierry Henry Monaco 2018-19“He did not succeed [but] he has my full support. I do not worry, I know he’ll be a great coach in the future.“We [would] welcome him. If he wants to come back, we’re here.”Manchester United striker Lukaku also expressed a desire to see Henry return to the Belgium set-up.“It’s a pity he lost his job in Monaco, but now I hope he’ll be back in the national team,” the 25-year-old told reporters.“He’ll come back, because we need him.”Belgium have only lost once since the World Cup, against Switzerland in the last match of their Nations League A Group 2 games – but that defeat cost them a place at this year’s finals in Portugal.They next begin their Euro 2020 qualification campaign in March, against Russia in Group I, with games against Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and San Marino also in the pipeline.last_img read more

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UN agency set to scale up response to growing humanitarian needs in

WFP is preparing to feed 3.5 million vulnerable people in Yemen in 2012, it stated in a news release. This includes people who have been pushed into hunger in the wake of sharp hikes in food prices and displacement in the northern and the southern regions of the country. The agency is especially prioritizing 1.8 million severely food insecure Yemenis living in the poorest 14 governorates, including 635,000 women and children under the age of five. The estimated total cost of this food assistance is $207 million. WFP’s efforts in the country have received a boost with a $31 million contribution from Germany, during what the agency’s representative there, Lubna Alaman, described as an “increasingly dire” situation.“This remarkable contribution was perfectly timed as we are embarking on the scaling up of our assistance in response to the growing needs of Yemen,” she stated.According to the agency, Yemen is in the midst of an “increasingly complex, full-fledged humanitarian crisis,” with recent civil unrest, soaring food and fuel prices and a breakdown in social services worsening an already critical humanitarian situation. The German contribution will enable WFP to distribute more than 20,000 metric tons of food commodities such as fortified wheat flour, oil, and specialized nutritional products for severely malnourished children. It will also support the agency’s Food for Girls’ Education programme, which provides take-home food rations as an incentive for families to keep girls in schools. “The ongoing support of Germany goes a long way in helping WFP to respond to the critical food security crisis and begin to close the hunger gap in Yemen,” said Ms. Alaman. 18 January 2012The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is set to scale up its assistance in response to the growing needs in Yemen, which it said is in the midst of a full-fledged humanitarian crisis owing to civil unrest, soaring food and fuel prices and a breakdown in social services. read more

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