- It was expected 34-year-old Jonathan Walters would quit international football
- However the Burnley frontman is set to be welcomed back by Martin O’Neill
- Walters is currently injured after undergoing knee surgery in January
Jonathan Walters has told Martin O’Neill that he will not be retiring from international football and wants to lead Republic of Ireland to Euro 2020.
It had been expected that the 34-year-old would follow the likes of John O’Shea, Wes Hoolahan and Daryl Murphy by stepping down after their failure to reach this summer’s World Cup.
However Burnley frontman Walters – who is currently injured after undergoing knee surgery in January – is set to be welcomed back into the squad by O’Neill.
Jonathan Walters has told Martin O’Neill that he will not be retiring from international football
‘I think Jon would like to continue depending on how things go in the next couple of months,’ said O’Neill from Ireland’s training camp in Turkey.
‘I think Jon will still want to play when he is 64! So that will be up to him. He was very, very positive a couple of months ago and I met him in London when he came down for a check up on how the injury was going.
‘I think that he can still bring value to the squad because, at this minute, we have got Shane Long and we have got the two young strikers (Scott Hogan and Sean Maguire) trying to impress, which is great.’
O’Neill says the 34-year-old forward wants to lead Republic of Ireland to Euro 2020