Seán St. Ledger has said that the Irish players who chose not to make themselves available for last year’s end of season internationals must be regretting their decision now.
The center half has been an ever present in Giovanni Trapattoni’s Ireland set-up and is now looking forward to a first appearance at a major championship finals.
Marc Wilson was named in the team for the Carling Nations Cup clash with Northern Ireland 12 months ago, but was absent without explanation and never quite patched up his relationship with Trapattoni.
Wilson was just one of a number of other players, including Anthony Stokes, Caleb Folan and Ciaran Clark, who pulled out for dubious reasons. None have featured in Trapattoni’s plans since.
Playing for Ireland has at times proved a release for what has at times been a troubled club career for the 27 year-old:
“It has been a release when I come away [to play for Ireland],” he admits. “There was no better night than the Estonia game. And I’d never, ever have believed that I would be preparing for a European Championships.”
With Leicester having missed out on the play-offs; St. Ledger has a two week break before meeting up with the Irish set-up on 17th May.