Giovanni Trapattoni has focused on finding a settled line-up during his time as Ireland boss, but St Ledger managed to break into his plans at the back end of the qualifying campaign for the last World Cup finals, as he formed a solid centre-back partnership with Richard Dunne.
Hailing from Birmingham in the English midlands, he qualifies for Ireland via his grandfather and his pride in represented his adopted country is not in doubt. “My ‘Irishness’ has never been an issue, even if my Brummie accent doesn’t make it obvious to start with,” says the defender who moved from Preston to Leicester last summer.
“I’m so honoured to be playing for my country and my family share in that pride. I always supported the Ireland team when I was growing up in Birmingham and the image I had of myself of playing international football when I was a kid was always in a green shirt. It’s amazing to think the dream has become a reality.”