HUNGRY HARRY HOPING TO GET THE IRISH EYES SMILING
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.”