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Tuesday 23 April 2019

'The pride every time he has played for his country, it's been inspirational' - Jon Walters praised following retirement

Jon Walters. Photo: Reuters
Jon Walters. Photo: Reuters

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Jonathan Walters has been forced to retire from football due to injury.

The Ireland striker had been sidelined since last September when he suffered an Achilles injury while on loan from Burnley to Ipswich Town, and while had planned to force his way back and play at club and international level, today the 35-year-old has confirmed that he will not play again.

"Isn't it ironic...my Achilles heel has literally been my Achilles heel and finished me off! I am now retired from playing football It's been epic," he said on twitter.

"Veni vidi vici."

Walters made his international debut in 2010 and won 54 senior caps.

"It's sad to see him go but it happens to all of us, to the best of players," said McCarthy. "He was an inspirational player for Ireland. It's sad when you lose those players. It's sad that it is because of injury. I know he will be supporting us and wishing him well."

Seamus Coleman added: "As long as he's been in the squad, he's been an example. The pride every time he has played for his country, it's been inspirational. He nearly carried us to the Euros in France."

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