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A Boost To Confidence


JONATHAN WALTERS believes the Republic of Ireland can draw a lot of confidence from their encounter with England . . . as they prepare to face Georgia in another end-of-season friendly in Dublin on Sunday evening.


The Stoke City striker and his Potters team-mate Glenn Whelan both starred in Ireland's 1-1 draw at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday evening, one which shows that they have more to offer in their World Cup qualifying campaign.


Now, Walters is hoping that he and his international team-mates can build on that result when they take on Georgia tomorrow.


Speaking exclusively to Stoke City Player following the England game, Walters said: "It was a real spirited performance from us, and a result that will undoubtedly give us confidence as we look forward to the rest of the qualifying campaign.


"It was a real battle out there, and we had to work incredibly hard. Like England, we had chances in the second half to win the game, but they just didn't fall for us.


"We have a busy schedule of games with a friendly against Georgia back in Ireland on Sunday, before the crucial one against Faroe Islands next week. That is the big one for us, because we have to get the three points."


Giovanni Trapattoni's side host Georgia in an international friendly at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow (5:30pm), before facing Faroe Islands next Friday evening as they look to elevate themselves up above both Sweden and Austria in Group C.


Meanwhile, Geoff Cameron registered his maiden goal for the United States as they succumbed to a 4-2 defeat against Belgium in Cleveland, Ohio in the early hours of Thursday morning.


The defender's goal, together with Clint Dempsey's late penalty strike were the only real highlights of a difficult encounter for Jurgen Klinsmann's side, as Belgium ran riot thanks to a brace from Aston Villa's Christian Benteke, a neat Kevin Mirallas strike and a well-taken goal from Everton team-mate Marouanne Fellaini.


USA host Germany in their second international friendly this weekend, before they get down to real business in the coming weeks as they face three vital World Cup Qualifiers against Jamaica, Panama and Honduras.


Keep an eye out on next week as we catch up with Cameron ahead of those games as well as speaking to Ireland star Glenn Whelan, who will be looking to get Ireland's qualifying campaign back on track against minnows Faroe Islands.



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