Jonathan Walters has said that while Ireland's top goalscorer is bowing out, there is still quality in the squad heading into the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Robbie Keane made his grand departure from international football with the second goal in a comfortable 4-0 win over Oman at the Aviva Stadium.

Afterwards, his strike partner paid tribute to Keane's national service over 19 years.

"What a servant to the country, it’s an unbelievable record he has and it was a great send-off for him," the Stoke man told RTÉ Sport.

While the headlines will centre on Keane's departure, Walters was looking ahead to Monday night in Belgrade, where Ireland will hope to give their qualification ambitions a boost against Serbia.

Robbie Brady scored the first goal on the night and Walters added the final two, indicating there are goals in the side even when shorn of their record goalscorer.

"It's an exciting team," Walters said.

"I think we’ve seen over the last 12-18 months a lot of players have pushed themselves right forward and really excelled on this stage.

"Young players like Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Seamus Coleman. You can go through the list, there's lots of players who have done really well and today is another chance for people to stake a claim.

"I’m sure during the course of the campaign we’ll use a wide number of players.

"Hopefully its an exciting time for Irish football and we can push ahead and do really well in the group."