Thursday 18 January 2018

Jon Walters ready to jump into midfield role

JON Walters is ready to help Ireland do to Germany what Stoke do to the rest of the Barclays Premier League in pursuit of World Cup qualification points.

The 29-year-old is a striker by trade, but has played much of his football this season out wide, and that is a role he may get to reprise for Ireland tomorrow evening.

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has signalled his intention to employ a trio of central midfielders in an attempt to match Germany's 4-3-3 formation.

Winger Aiden McGeady is likely to provide the width on one side, but either Walters or Simon Cox could be used on the other behind lone frontman Robbie Keane, and if the Stoke man does get the nod, he will have no problem lining up there.

Walters said: "No, I don't mind it, to be fair. As long as you are playing, it's no bother at all.

"At Stoke, Crouchy [Peter Crouch] has been on his own up front and me and Michael Kightly have been playing in the wide positions, dropping in and defending and almost playing as right and left-back in some games.

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