Walters happy with wide role

  • Last Updated: October 11 2012, 9:38 BST

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

Jon Walters: Happy to feature in Republic starting XI

Jon Walters

10. Jon Walters

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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 on Friday 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.

"As long as you are playing, you have no qualms and at Stoke, I am enjoying that position thoroughly."

Trapattoni has decided to change the shape of his team, not without prompting, after seeing his midfield exposed by the likes of Russia, Spain and Italy in the recent past.

He is hoping both to limit dangerman Mesut Ozil's influence and win a greater share of the possession and from his experience, Walters believes the plan could work.

He said: "With the three in midfield, the onus is on keeping the ball and dominating the midfield.

"That's what we have done at Stoke, we have tended to keep the ball a lot better, and you do get more chances going forward and a lot of runners.

"It means you have willing runners to get in behind and support the lone striker."

Ireland opened their campaign with a fortuitous victory in Kazakhstan last month and while Germany are overwhelming favourites to win Group C, will hope for a significantly better performance and another positive result this time around.

That may be a big ask, but Walters insists he and his team-mates will go into the game determined to emerge with something to show for their efforts ahead of Tuesday night's trip to the Faroe Islands.

He said: "Germany are the favourites, everyone knows that and the pressure is on them to come here and get the points.

"I am sure along the way, there are going to be slip-ups, but us being at home, we want to get some points on the board and although a point would be a good result, we want to go and get the win because we are home and Germany away will be a difficult ask.

"But there are going to be major slip-ups along the way and hopefully we can be consistent and get qualification."

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