St Ledger: I'm in Euro zone

Aidan Fitzmaurice

SEAN ST LEDGER is counting down the days before he links up with his Ireland team-mates ahead of the Euro 2012 finals.

St Ledger and the other Championship-based members of Giovanni Trapattoni's squad have less than a week left of their short end-of-season break before they report to Dublin for training ahead of the finals.

"I can't wait," said the Leicester City man.

"I would never have dreamed this would happen. At the last City home game, there was a banner up wishing me luck in the Euros which was nice of them. Hopefully, I will do all the Irish Leicester City fans proud.

"When we realised we couldn't make the Championship play-offs I couldn't wait for the season to end and get into the squad. Hopefully, I can make the starting 11.

"It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Not many people get the chance to play in such a good tournament," added St Ledger, who has won 25 senior caps under Trapattoni.

St Ledger and other players from the Championship, such as David Forde (Millwall), and Darren O'Dea (Leeds/Celtic), have been finished with their club duties for two weeks now but their holiday will end soon as Trapattoni has summoned those players from England's second tier -- as well as Premier League players who have been battling with injury or have been struggling for first-team football such as Darron Gibson, Keith Fahey and Stephen Hunt -- to Dublin three days ahead of their team-mates.

"We meet up on May 17 so we will have had time to recharge the batteries. I will have more chance to do that than the Premier League boys but I am majorly looking forward to it," added St Ledger.

"We have as good a chance as anyone," he said. "You would look at the group and say it is a hard group but as a country we have always done well as the underdog.

"We have nothing to lose and I think we have done ourselves proud to get where we have.

"To play against the players we are going to face will be a great experience. Hopefully, we will get through to the next stage."