Walters Receives Ireland Call-Up
JON WALTERS was today celebrating his first international call-up . . . as the Republic of Ireland named three Stoke City players in their squad for the friendly against Norway later this month.
The summer-signing from Ipswich Town was named in Giovanni Trapatoni's 27-man party alongside his Britannia Stadium team-mates Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson.
Trapattoni had indicated last month that he was considering Walters for selection as he explored more attacking options to provide support for Kevin Doyle and Robbie Keane.
"This friendly is a good opportunity to bring some players we have not seen much of into the squad," said Ireland's boss. "It is their chance to show me what they can contribute to the team. Friendlies are important for us to continue building the strongest squad."
Walters, who joined City in a £2.75 million transfer from Ipswich in August, had won caps at Under-21 and B levels with the Republic of Ireland earlier in his career.
But this is the first occasion that the striker has earned recognition at full international level following an impressive start to his time at the Britannia Stadium.
He will be in good company with Whelan a key figure in Ireland's squad, while Wilson has been rewarded for some fine performances in a City shirt since his arrival.
The former Portsmouth player was a late inclusion in the squad for last month's Euro 2012 qualifiers due to injuries, but he did not feature in their two matches then.
Squad: Given, Westwood, O'Shea, Coleman, Dunne, St Ledger, Cunningham, Foley, McShane, Kilbane, Kelly, O'Dea, Wilson, Gibson, Whelan, Green, Lawrence, Hunt, McGeady, Treacy, Duff, Fahey, Walters, Keane, Doyle, Folan, Long.