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The Potters forward says that Ireland must ensure that they do not drop points against weaker teams in their World Cup qualifying campaign

Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters says that Ireland must take all three points in their opening World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan on Friday, September 7.

Giovanni Trapattoni yesterday revealed that he was set to start the qualifier against Kazakhstan with Walters partnering Robbie Keane in attack, citing the striker's physicality as a strength to be used to Ireland's advantage.

"This is a new campaign and the squad has a lot of fresh faces in it, so hopefully there are a lot of exciting times ahead," Walters told the Irish Examiner.

Ireland have been drawn in Group C along with Germany, Sweden and Austria and the Stoke City striker believes that the Boys in Green must ensure that they pick up points against the weaker teams in the group.

"In a group with Germany, it’s important to get points on the board straight away and get off to a good start," he added. "It’s going to be something different (in Kazakhstan) because it’s on an astroturf pitch but you’ve got to get on with that."

He continued: "Against Kazakhstan, you’d want to be taking full points, the Faroes, the same. Hopefully we’ll get the result to come back on a high.

"It’s like the win in Armenia in the first game of the Euros — you tend to find towards the end of a campaign that some of the results are more important than you thought at the time," concluded the striker.

Ireland face Kazakhstan in Astana on Friday September 7. Kick off 17.00 BST.

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