St Ledger draws from experience
Sean St Ledger will use the agony of his World Cup heartache to fuel his mission to reach the Euro 2012 finals.
Last Updated: 10/10/11 6:50pm
Republic of Ireland defender Sean St Ledger will use the agony of his World Cup heartache to fuel his mission to reach the Euro 2012 finals.
A point in Tuesday's Group B home clash with Armenia will secure another two-legged play-off tie for the nation, just two years after the injustice of their controversial defeat to France.
Republic had everything to play for in France in November 2009 before Thierry Henry's infamous handball led to William Gallas' decisive goal in extra time.
St Ledger admits the two-legged defeat to France hit everyone hard, although he accepts that getting the point against Armenia is not a foregone conclusion.
"It was tough," explained St Ledger.
"Every footballer wants to get to the finals. You are seeing teams qualify now outright and the finals are becoming more realistic. They are not too far away now in terms of time.
"Obviously, France was a bad time for everybody, for the fans, for the country, but you have to get on from that, learn from it and just try to get these three points.
"That's the most important thing at the moment, this game on Tuesday. We don't want to look too far ahead of ourselves because Armenia are a very, very good side."
St Ledger is likely to partner the returning Richard Dunne in central defence despite currently being out of the team at club Leicester.
He said: "It's obviously a frustrating period.
"Not playing is not great and I feel if I am not playing at club level, it would be justified if I didn't play here because it's not fair, probably, on the other players who are playing regularly for their club and not being selected here.
"It's something I am going to have to look at. It's a strange time in my career, really, it's never happened to me before.
"I have always played week in, week out, so being in the stands, it's a strange time."