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Pulis: Ireland success will help us

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis believes the Republic of Ireland's qualification for next year's European Championship finals can have a positive impact on his squad ahead of the visit of Queen's Park Rangers.

Stoke were thumped 5-0 by Bolton last time out, but subsequently Jon Walters and Glenn Whelan played major parts in helping Giovanni Trapattoni's men ease past Estonia in a play-off.

Pulis said: "It is fantastic what they have done and I am very pleased for them. Jon has done very well at our club and then he has gone on to play for Ireland. He is playing for his country and scoring goals, and it is a great reward for him."

Meanwhile, Pulis has given his backing to Asmir Begovic. The Stoke stopper was at fault for two of the goals in the Potters' 5-0 defeat at Bolton.

During the subsequent international break, the Bosnian kept a clean sheet in the first leg of his country's Euro 2012 play-off with Portugal, but on Tuesday he endured another miserable 90 minutes as his side were thrashed 6-2 in the return match.

But Pulis is in no doubt over his quality.

"I think Asmir is one of the best young goalkeepers in the Premier League and he will have ups and downs," Pulis added.