Monday 23 April 2018

Arter setting sights on starting berth if he can prove Euros fitness

Harry Arter is targeting a place in Martin O'Neill's starting XI for Euro 2016. Photo: Getty
Harry Arter is targeting a place in Martin O'Neill's starting XI for Euro 2016. Photo: Getty
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Harry Arter says that he is targeting a place in Martin O'Neill's starting XI for Euro 2016 and not just a place in the squad.

The Bournemouth midfielder will be watched by O'Neill on Sunday when his interrupted Premier League campaign finishes at Manchester United.

Injury prevented Arter from playing a part in the concluding phase of Ireland's qualification tilt but he was reassured by constant phone calls from the manager which indicated that he would be a part of his plans if he could prove his wellbeing.

"The squad is the main thing for me, to try and focus and be part of the 23," said Arter, in an interview that will be broadcast in full on Newstalk's Off The Ball tomorrow.


"That's my main ambition. It would be for anyone whose not considered a definite.

"If I am able to get in the 23, something I'll be trying to do then is to obviously get in the team. It's everyone's ambition not just to get to the Euros but to play and try and have an impact.

"I won't be just happy sitting on the bench or playing and not playing well. If I am selected I want to give a good account of myself.

"Martin has been unbelievable to me; he's always been calling to see how I am throughout the qualifying campaign and always reassured me that if I'm fit then I'd be in the squad, which has been unbelievable to hear.

"That gives you a lot of confidence and that's why I'm going to try and stay fit and try and repay him."

Meanwhile, Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has selected a 24-man squad ahead of the tournament with one player to be cut at a later date. Spurs midfielder Nacer Chadli and Everton's Kevin Mirallas could only make the standby list.

France coach Didier Deschamps named his squad last night with title-winning Leicester midfielder N'golo Kante selected ahead of Manchester United's Morgan Schneiderlin.

West Ham dynamo Dimitri Payet also makes the cut after making a late run into the squad off the back of his outstanding campaign. Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will miss the tournament because of a ban for his involvement in an alleged blackmail scandal.

Belgium squad - Courtois (Chelsea), Gillet (Mechelen), Mignolet (Liverpool). Alderweireld (Tottenham), Boyata (Celtic), Denayer (Galatasaray), Engels (Club Brugge), Lombaerts (Zenit St Petersburg), J Lukaku (Oostende), Meunier (Club Brugge), Vermaelen (Barcelona), Vertonghen (Tottenham), Dembele (Tottenham), Fellaini (Man United) Nainggolan (Roma), Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg), Batshuayi (Marseille), Benteke (Liverpool), Carasco (Atletico Madrid), De Bruyne (Man City), Hazard (Chelsea), R Lukaku (Everton), Mertens (Napoli), Origi (Liverpool).

France Squad - Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Mandanda (Marseille), Costil (Rennes); Evra (Juventus), Varane (Real Madrid), Koscielny (Arsenal), Sagna (Manchester City), Mangala (Manchester City), Jallet (Lyon), Digne (Roma), Mathieu (Barcelona); Pogba (Juventus), Kante (Leicester), Matuidi (PSG), Diarra (Marseille), Sissoko (Newcastle), Cabaye (Crystal Palace); Griezmann (Athletico Madrid), Martial (Manchester United), Payet (West Ham), Gignac (Tigres), Giroud (Arsenal), Coman (Bayern Munich)

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