A buccaneering striker who has muscled his way into this Ireland side thanks to some solid performances in the Premier League with Stoke, he qualifies to play for Ireland through his mother and has become a fixture in Giovanni Trapattoni’s squads during the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Previously with Blackburn, Bolton, Hill, Wrexham, Chester and Ipswich, he made the move to Stoke in the summer of 2010 for a fee of around £2.75m, with the highlight of his spell at the Potteries club coming as he scored twice in a 5-0 FA Cup semi-final win against Bolton at Wembley last season. He hopes of action with Ireland this summer have been boosted by the regular Premier League action he has seen this season.
Walters turned in a solid performance and scored a valuable goals in the Euro 2012 play-off win against Estonia last November and that high energy performance was enough to secure him a place in the squad for this tournament. Now he will be eyeing up a chance to make an impression from the bench against some of the Europe’s finest.