Thursday 29 September 2016

Ireland player ratings: Harry Arter secures his place on the plane with standout display

Published 27/05/2016 | 21:49

Harry Arter of Republic of Ireland in action against the Netherlands during the 3 International Friendly between Republic of Ireland and Netherlands in the Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Harry Arter of Republic of Ireland in action against the Netherlands during the 3 International Friendly between Republic of Ireland and Netherlands in the Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

There were some very encouraging displays in the Republic of Ireland ranks as they earned a 1-1 draw with the Dutch at the Aviva. Plenty for Martin O'Neill to ponder as he finalises his 23-man squad for the Euros. Here's how the Irish players rated.

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Darren Randolph - A quiet night for the keeper who deserves to start as Ireland’s No.1 at Euro 2016. Shay Given may be fit again, but Randolph should keep the jersey after his performances in the last few months at international level - 6

Seamus Coleman - A real threat for Ireland in the opening half after Holland’s bright start, the Everton man faded as an attacking threat as the game progressed. Solid defensively when he needed to be - 7

Shane Duffy - What an impact this defensive powerhouse has made in the formative days of his international career. Rock solid alongside John O’Shea at the heart of the defence for long periods, the Blackburn man as also a threat the other end with his aerial threat. He was guilty of losing his man in the box as Shane Duffy allows Luuk De Jong snatched a late leveller - 7

John O’Shea - A solid and dependable leader for Ireland, his experience is vital in Martin O’Neill’s line-up. He was crucial to move that gave the home side a lead, as his header created the opening goal for Shane Long - 7

Robbie Brady - His set-piece delivery has improved dramatically over the last year, to the point that the Norwich man is now the creator-in-chief in this Ireland side. His defensive duties cannot be ignored, but Brady could be our best hope of carving out scoring chances at the Euro 2016 finals - 8

Harry Arter - Committed from first to last, this was Arter’s audition to get into the Ireland Euro 2016 squad and he took it with both hands. Full of energy and showing good control of the ball in the heat of the midfield battle, he offered as much as James McCarthy has done for much of his international career. Should go to France now - 9

Glenn Whelan - A typically tidy if unspectacular display from the Stoke midfielder. His place in the Ireland side has been secure for many a long year now and while he has his critics, O’Neill knows he can rely on this gritty performer - 7

Stephen Quinn - Like Arter, the energy displayed by Quinn was impressive. He lacks a little quality on the ball, but is a useful squad man if Martin O'Neill has space for him in his final 23-man squad - 7

David McGoldrick - On a night when he needed to shine, this Ipswich star looked a little ponderous on the ball. Wes Hoolahan will be hoping to fill the attacking midfield role at the head of his midfield diamond and it remains to be seen whether McGoldrick has the class to make an impression at Euro 2016 - 6

Shane Long - Ireland’s star man scored the goal that confirmed his status as the lead marksman and his desire to push himself to the limits so close to Euro 2016 was impressive. O’Neill needs Long fit and healthy for the summer and the good news is he came through this game unscathed - 8

Jon Walters - A little off the pace as he makes his way back to full fitness, there may be some concerns that this key player will not be up to full speed by the time Ireland open their Euro 2016 campaign against Sweden. At least there are still a couple of weeks for him to get back to his best - 6

Subs: James McClean for Shane Long (67 mins) - Added energy to the team - 6

Darron Gibson for Glenn Whelan (67 mins) - Struggled to make his mark - 5

Jeff Hendrick for Stephen Quinn (67 mins) - Didn’t make big enough of an impact - 6

Wes Hoolahan for David McGoldrick (76 mins) - Not on for long enough to shine - 6

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