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Ex-Preston, Leicester defender St Ledger plans Ireland comeback with Orlando City

Sean St Ledger is determined to force his way back into the Republic of Ireland national team setup.


The 30-year old centre-half finds himself with MLS club Orlando City SC after losing his way following his exit from Ipswich Town at the end of 2014.

St Ledger, who counts Preston North End, Middlesbrough, Leicester City and Millwall as some of his former clubs, has started 11 of Orlando's 18 MLS fixtures this season but insists he has plenty to give as he chases a return to the international scene.

"At 30, I don't think I am done by any means. I want to get back in the Ireland squad, and I think I can still get better," he told MLSsoccer.com. "Some of the best times of my career have been with Ireland – I love the challenge of taking on the best players in the world – and I think I am giving myself a chance at the moment."

St Ledger added that he has been pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming support the Lions have received from the Orlando public in their debut MLS campaign.

"I knew soccer was on the rise, but I never thought we would have 30,000 fans a week here in Orlando. And it is absolutely fantastic to have that level of support behind you," he added.

"There is a lot of clichéd talk about the 12th man in sport, but when teams come here they really know they are in for a difficult time."

Orlando City, who sit third on the Eastern Conference table, next take on the West's fifth-placed side FC Dallas at the Citrus Bowl this weekend.

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