Henry sets targets as return nears

Brentford's Rico Henry looks on during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Crystal Palace at Gtech Community Stadium on August 26, 2023
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Rico Henry says he "can't wait" to be back playing for Brentford after recovering from an ACL injury which has kept him on the sidelines since September.

The Bees defender has also set his sights on receiving his first senior international call-up, after watching the Three Lions' current left-back predicament at Euro 2024, with the aim of representing England at the 2026 World Cup.

Henry revealed his motivation to hit the ground running in an interview on Brentford's club website: "It would be a dream come true. I played for some of the youth teams, but getting a senior cap is one of my main goals.

"That is what everyone plays football for: to feature for your country.

"I know I had a chance before I got injured, but people reminding me that I can still do it really encourages me. I just need to come back, stay fit and play well."

On England's current Euro 2024 campaign, the 26-year-old added: "It has been difficult watching England playing without an out-and-out left-back, because I know I could do a job there.

"When I've watched them this summer, I just feel like I could fit so well into that team. It has been frustrating not being there, but it has also been great to watch."

The club also confirmed Henry will be available for the Bees' first pre-season friendly against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, 20 July.