ROY Keane is confident that Ipswich Town's Ireland B cap Jonathan Walters has the ability to make it big for both club and country.
Earlier this season Keane appointed Walters (26) as club captain and he has been a key figure for the Tractor Boys. Walters, who qualifies for Ireland through his Dublin-born mother, has been capped at U21 and B levels but has not been involved at international level since 2007 -- though Keane feels that could change.
"It will be up to Giovanni Trapattoni to decide whether Jon is called up. But if he continues to play the way he has been playing recently, I believe it will happen," Keane said ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup clash with Southampton. Keane is also hopeful that former Bolton Wanderers player Walters can play in the top flight.
"Jon has been outstanding for us and a really good leader. How he's not playing in the Premiership I will never know," Keane added.
"There is no doubt in my mind that he could be playing there. As a manager it is a pleasure to work with him."
Boro yet to bid for Best says City's Coleman
COVENTRY CITY manager Chris Coleman has confirmed that Middlesbrough are interested in his Irish striker Leon Best, but he insists that Boro have yet to table a bid for the £1m-rated player.
"I have not had one offer, not one bid," Coleman said when asked about Boro's move for the Sky Blues striker.
"They are obviously interested in him so we have got to be proactive and say, right, let's get our ducks in a row and say this could happen.
"And let's be honest here, if it doesn't happen now he is going to go in the summer because he is not going to sign a new contract with us."
- AIDAN FITZMAURICE