Jon Walters

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Jon Walters

Forward
47Caps
Date of Birth: 1983-09-20
Current Club: Stoke City
Height: 183cm
Weight: 79kg
First Appearance: v Norway 17 November 2010
Seasons / Competitions Played: 2004 - Under 21, 2012 - Senior Friendly, 2012 - UEFA Euro, 2014 - FIFA World Cup, 2014 - Senior Friendly, 2016 - UEFA Euro

For Jonathan Walters, it's been a case of if at first you don't succeed try and try again. After being let go by Blackburn Rovers, Jonathan moved on to a variety of clubs- Bolton, Hull, Barnsley, Scunthorpe, Wrexham and Chester-before moving to Ipswich Town, where his consistently good performances attracted the attention of Stoke City, who paid £2.75m for his services.

Jonathan, who is equally effective on the right wing or as a striker, has gained valuable Premier League experience and made his senior debut against Norway in November 2010.

Jonathan emerged as one of Giovanni Trapattoni's first choice strikers in the latter part of Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifying campaign and scored his first international goal against Estonia in Tallinn in the Euro 2012 play-offs in November 2011.

He was very effective when introduced as partner to Shane Long when both came in for the second half of the friendly against Bosnia H'govina on the eve of Ireland's departure to the finals of EURO 2012. He made his debut in the finals of the EURO 2012 tournament when introduced as substitute in the opening match against Croatia and also came in for the second half against Spain and Italy.

He scored a double against Austria in the World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium on March 26, 2013. Walters captained Ireland against Poland in the second game of the Martin O'Neill era in November 2013.

His form in the qualifying campaign for UEFA EURO 2016 saw him named Senior International Player of the Year for 2015. His two goals in play-off win over Bosnia & Herzegovina made him a hero across Ireland.

His 13th international goal came in June 2017 when he fired a late leveller against Austria on his 49th appearance for Ireland. 

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