Darren O'Dea

Ireland Player

Darren O'Dea

Date of Birth: 1987-02-04
Height: 185cm
Weight: 82kg
First Appearance: v South Africa 08/09/09
Seasons / Competitions Played: 2004 - Under 17, 2005 - Under 19, 2006 - Under 19, 2007 - Under 21, 2008 - UEFA Euro, 2009 - Under 21, 2012 - Senior Friendly, 2012 - UEFA Euro, 2014 - FIFA World Cup, 2014 - Senior Friendly

Darren O'Dea once again showed what an addition he has been to Ireland's senior squad with a marvellous performance when he deputised for the suspended Sean St. Ledger in Moscow in the EURO qualifying match against Russia in September 2011.

Darren first gained promotion to the Irish Senior Squad for the EURO 2008 double-header against Wales and Slovakia in March 2007. He represented Ireland at both Under-19 and Under-21 levels during 2006.

Established himself under Celtic boss Gordon Strachan after making his debut against St. Mirren in September 2006 and went on to star in their UEFA Champions League campaign of 2006/2007. His starring role in the last-16 tie against AC Milan brought him to prominence and he was swiftly rewarded with a new three-year contract at Parkhead.

Darren is a stylish defender who can play at left-back or central defence. He signed for Celtic from Home Farm. Was captain of Ireland's U21 team for UEFA Championship of 2007/'08. Made his senior debut as sub against South Africa in Friendly at Thomond Park.

Darren spent a time on loan with Championship side, Reading in the 2009/'10 season and returned to reclaim a regular place with Celtic before the end of the season.

He moved out on loan to Ipswich Town in the English Championship for the 2010/'11 season and played 90 minutes for Ireland in the friendly against Norway at the Aviva Stadium in November, 2010. He started at centre-back in the Carling Nations Cup decider against Scotland in May 2011.

He made his first competitive start for Ireland and impressed in the EURO C'ship qualifying match against Macedonia on March 26, 2011. He was again in great form when Ireland beat Macedonia 2-0 in the second qualifier on June 4, 2011 in Skopje.

After a loan spell with Leeds United, Darren was recruited by Toronto in the Summer of 2012 to assist them in the MLS. Moved to Ukraine outfit Metalurh Donetsk in July 2013.