Henchoz and Kuhn bury the hatchet

Stéphane Henchoz will rejoin the Swiss football team Keystone Archive

Liverpool defender Stéphane Henchoz, who quit Switzerland's national football team in September, is set to rejoin the squad.

This content was published on January 29, 2002 - 10:31

According to a Swiss news agency report, Henchoz met coach Köbi Kuhn in the northern English city and the pair settled their differences.

"I am delighted to be rejoining the side," Henchoz said. "We are putting the past behind us and have wiped the slate clean. We are now looking ahead to the future with optimism."

The 27-year-old veteran of the national side, with 50 caps under his belt, walked out - along with Stéphane Chapuisat - after being left on the bench for September's World Cup qualifier against Yugoslavia.

Their resignations came two days before the Swiss took on Luxembourg in their final group match, by which stage Swiss hopes of qualifying for next summer's World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea had already been dashed.

At the time, Henchoz told reporters he could not accept being left out of the side, adding that he had been "shocked" by Kuhn's decision.

However, Henchoz did not rule out a return to the side at a later date, saying that it was up to Kuhn to make the first move.

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