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St Ledger: I imagined Irish fans at Wembley


Ireland defender Sean St Ledger. Pic: Sportsfile

Ireland defender Sean St Ledger. Pic: Sportsfile

Ireland defender Sean St Ledger. Pic: Sportsfile

SEAN ST LEDGER walked out onto Wembley's billiard table in Millwall colours for an FA Cup semi-final which was ultimately to end in disappointment, but the one thought he had on his mind was how amazing the stadium would be filled with Irish supporters.

"When we played in the semi-final and I walked out, the noise the Millwall fans created was brilliant and one of the first things I thought was what the atmosphere would be like with a full stadium. With Irish fans I can imagine it will be fantastic. Maybe it's a bigger game for us than England. I live in England and there hasn't been too much about it. I saw a piece in the Watford programme and that was about it, but that's football."

St Ledger is not worried about the possibility that amid the hype around the England game, the important business of the Faroe Islands might be forgotten.

"No not really. You take each game as it comes and this is a very good warm-up against a very good set of players. You can't get a better game against good opposition and it's good to get your sharpness up," he said.

After a topsy-turvy club career, St Ledger sees his involvement with Ireland as a haven, a place where is welcome and admired, something which hasn't always been the case, most recently under Nigel Pearson at Leicester.


St Ledger was transfer-listed and about to head for Ipswich when circumstances intervened and left Leicester without defensive cover. He got back into the team and a deal to go to Ipswich was cancelled.

At the end of the season, however, he was on the road again for a loan spell with Millwall. "I have another year on my contract and have to wait and see what happens. I'm happy at Leicester and wouldn't want to leave, but when you are told you can, then sometimes you have to accept that. I'm 28 now, I want to play as much as I can."

"Richard Dunne said to me yesterday, it's pretty strange that both of us haven't played a lot since the Euros. Whether it's a case of going from the season straight into the Euros and not having much of a break. Maybe that is the reason why."