Thierry Henry
Henry has taken up coaching role with Belgium after relinquishing his media work Getty

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has been named the new assistant coach to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez. Former France international Henry had a role coaching Arsenal's Under-18 side until a few months ago when Arsene Wenger gave him an ultimatum to take up the role on a full-time basis and abandon his role as TV pundit.

The Sky Sports pundit was also briefly linked with a role at Watford but has now become the first high-profile addition to Martinez's backroom team.

Martinez, who was sacked by Everton last May, was named the shock successor to Marc Wilmots in July. Graeme Jones, who was the Spaniard's assistant at Swansea, Wigan and Everton, has also joined the Martinez's new backroom team.

"Thierry is an important figure," said Martinez. "He will bring something different. He agreed right away to join us."

Henry tweeted: "Honoured to be assistant coach to Belgium. Thanks to Roberto Martinez and the Royal Belgian Football Association. Very excited. Can't wait."

Martinez's announcement came shortly before naming his first Belgium squad for games against Spain and Cyprus.

Premier League stars Thiabaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin de Bruyne, Mousa Dembele, Marouane Fellaini, Michy Batshuayi, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas and Divock Origi were all named in the squad, with Hazard's younger brother Thorgan also receiving the nod.