AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter has finally made his first competitive appearance for Republic Of Ireland, playing the full 90 minutes against Austria.
Arter had previously represented Republic Of Ireland, but only in friendly matches, leaving the door open for speculation regarding a possible switch to England.
But Arter was always clear that he wanted to play for Republic Of Ireland and his chance came in the World Cup qualifier in Vienna.
The 1-0 victory placed Republic Of Ireland top of Group D, but their next match is not until March against Wales.
Arter told Sky Sports…
‘…I had to just keep on working hard with Bournemouth and I’m really grateful that he (Martin O’Neill) has given me my chance. Thankfully we got a positive result and hopefully he was happy.’
‘There are another four months to go before that game, and a lot of football to be played for me between now and then.
‘All of us have club games and personally I feel that’s where the manager will pick you from. But obviously it’s good to be part of a team that has won.
‘It won’t do me any harm, but I’ve four months ahead with Bournemouth and hopefully I can keep doing well.’
I thought Harry played a nice steady game. Quiet in first quarter of game but did a lot of good work off the ball. He got in some well timed tackles and interceptions in the second half.
Think he will have a lot more of the ball when Ireland play at home and attack more. – Join the conversation here.
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