HUN­GRY HARRY HOP­ING TO GET THE IR­ISH EYES SMIL­ING

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE -

BOURNEMOUTH mid­fielder Harry Arter has vowed to prove his al­le­giance to Ire­land, should he be handed his first in­ter­na­tional cap against Poland this month.

The Lon­doner qual­i­fies to play for the Emer­ald Isle through his grand­mother and has been named in Martin O’Neill’s pro­vi­sional 35man squad for the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fier.

Though 35 will be cut to 22 ahead of the game on March 29, Arter is hope­ful of still be­ing in­volved.

And should he get the nod to pull on the green shirt at the Aviva Sta­dium, the ex-Charl­ton man says there will be no ques­tion as to where his loy­al­ties lie.

“I can prom­ise the Ir­ish fans that I’m pas­sion­ate about rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try and will give my all, if I do get the op­por­tu­nity to play,” said Arter, capped by Ire­land at U17 and U19 level.

“If I was to play for Ire­land it would be, with­out a doubt, the proud­est mo­ment of my ca­reer and a proud mo­ment for my fam­ily.

“I do un­der­stand that some peo­ple may have their doubts over an English-born player get­ting called up, but I can only prove that I have a pas­sion to play for Ire­land.

“I’ve been work­ing hard and feel that I’m play­ing my best foot­ball of my ca­reer.”

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