Walters - Let's restore pride

Ireland striker apologises for disappointing campaign

Jon Walters: Keen for Republic of Ireland to show what they can do against Italy

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Jon Walters has admitted that Republic of Ireland have let themselves and the fans down at Euro 2012, and is desperate to salvage something from their final game.

Giovanni Trapattoni's men have no chance of progressing to the quarter-finals after being beaten by Croatia and Spain, and Walters admits it has been a desperately disappointing campaign.

He is sorry for the supporters that things have gone so wrong, but insists the players are highly motivated to make amends and produce an improved performance against Italy on Monday.

"You have hopes coming into the tournament but with two defeats we've let ourselves down and the fans down," the Stoke striker said in The People.

"We need to get some pride back. We don't want to come out with three defeats and nothing.

No enjoyment

"Some top players never get a chance to play in a tournament and you've got to relish the opportunity, but you can't enjoy it when you're getting beat and that's why we have to go for the win in the Italy game."

Trapattoni could decide to make changes to his starting XI for the match with Italy and Walters is hoping to get the nod, although he will accept any decision the boss makes.

He explained: "It's up to the manager. Whoever's on the bench is disappointed not to start.

"We're going into the game with pride to play for and to give fans something to shout about."