AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter believes he has learned a lot following his first competitive appearance for Republic Of Ireland.
Arter played the full 90 minutes against Austria for Republic Of Ireland, in their World Cup qualifier.
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 Vienna, with 1-0 victory putting his national team top of Group D.
Arter has since returned to the south coast where he believes he has gained from the experience ahead of a return to Premier League football.
Arter told afcb.co.uk…
“…It was a completely different atmosphere to that of a friendly game. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and build-up to the game.
“I don`t think there`s too much difference between competitive international football and that of the Premier League. We obviously have a lot of foreign players in the Premier League and the game against Austria had the feel of a Premier League game.
“Playing for Ireland is obviously different to when I play for Bournemouth, but you can`t help but learn from experiences like that…’
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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