Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has been asked if he had heard about the rumours that AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter could defect to England.
The Cherries midfielder was born in Sidcup and has always lived in England, but he qualifies for the Republic Of Ireland through his Irish grandparents.
He has represented the Republic Of Ireland at Under 17’s and Under 19’s level and has three appearances for the full international side.
Arter made his debut for the Republic Of Ireland in a practice match against Northern Ireland, before playing in a friendly against England in June 2015 and has since played against the Netherlands.
However as these games were not competitive fixtures, Arter could still theoretically switch international elegance to England.
The question was fielded on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday programme and ever since, the rumour has grown, especially in the midst of Arter struggling with injury and missing the Republic Of Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers this week.
The Irish Independent has reported that ‘there have been no suggestions from Arter that he is considering declaring for England’.
But O’Neill was still asked about the possibility following their narrow win over Georgia. He told the Irish Independent…
‘That’s news to me, I’ve no idea. He hasn’t played a competitive game for us, so the choice is entirely with the player.’
‘On sky soccer Saturday they were saying as he hasn’t played a competitive game for Ireland he could STILL play for England!! – Join the conversation here.
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