Monday 20 November 2017

Eddie Howe confident Harry Arter will be 'rewarded' by Martin O'Neill for stellar form

Harry Arter tangles with Robert Snodgrass on Saturday
Harry Arter tangles with Robert Snodgrass on Saturday

David Smith

Harry Arter will force his way into the Irish starting XI, according to Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.

Arter has been in inspired form for the Cherries, and his manager has praised his "terrific" form.

The 26-year-old has three caps for Ireland, the most recent of which came in the 4-0 friendly win over Oman, but he has yet to play a competitive match for the boys in green.

That led to wild social media rumours that Arter was planning to declare for England, but the midfielder dismissed those rumours as nonsense.

Arter missed the recent international break through injury, and left Dean Court on crutches after Saturday's 6-1 won demolition of Hull.

"I think the players' performance will dictate what happens on that side," Howe said, when asked about Arter's international prospects.

"They've got to get their Bournemouth form right first and the rest will follow.

"When you talk about Harry the last few weeks he's been absolutely terrific for us. So I'm sure if he continues that form he'll get rewarded.

"We've got some very good footballers here and some very intelligent footballers. The way we play, it's not easy, it's the hardest way to play I believe.

"So there's a lot of responsibility on their shoulders, but they take that very well".

Martin O'Neill was at Dean Court on Saturday to watch Arter. who will be in contention to start Ireland's next qualifier against Austria in Vienna.

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