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The former Celtic defender is delighted with his move to MLS and was keen to ensure that the Boys in Green will not underestimate Kazakhstan

Toronto FC defender Darren O'Dea has said that Ireland won't be taking the upcoming World Cup qualifying fixture against Kazakhstan lightly.

Speaking to RTÉ, O'Dea revealed that the team will be well-drilled and stressed the importance of getting off to the 'best possible start' in Astana on September 7.

"We'll know everything there is to know about them, which is something the manager is very good at," said the former Celtic centre back.

He continued: "We certainly won't be taking it lightly. It is a completely different environment going to Kazakhstan.

"We'll look to get off to the best possible start. It's important we do. We'll be well prepped on their team and everything they have. We'll have no excuses going into the game."

O'Dea recently joined MLS outfit Toronto in August, despite having a spate of offers from various clubs around the world, and he says that he is enjoying life in the city.

"I could have gone to a couple of places for very, very good money, but it is not why I started playing football," said the defender. "I earn enough money as it is. When I went out to Toronto to see the place I felt the buzz. It excited me a lot.

"The more you see of it the better it gets," he said. "You don't know a lot about it until you go out and see it. The facilities, the stadiums you play in and the crowds you play in front of are fantastic."