Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters brace in Dublin on Monday night secured a 2-0 win for Republic of Island against Bosnia-Herzegovina as Martin O’Neill’s side sealed a place in next year’s European championship in France.

Walters scored a first-half penalty and put the icing on the cake with a volley after the break as Ireland ran away 3-1 aggregate winners over Bosnia.

He however paid tribute to his team-mates and the coaching crew after the hard fought victory.

“The whole team on the pitch are heroes. We got there in the end, we did it the hard way, but we got there,” Jonathan told Sky Sports 1.

“You’ve got to take it in because these moments don’t come round often in a career.”

When asked about the contribution of manager O’Neill and his notorious assistant Roy Keane, Walters said: “They’ve been excellent through the whole campaign.”


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