Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe believes Harry Arter will force his way into the starting line-up for Ireland if he keeps up his early season form.
Howe praised the midfielder for a bright start to the Premier League season and hailed his performance in the Cherries’ 6-1 victory over Hull at the weekend
Arter has only been capped three times for the Republic of Ireland, none of which were in competitive fixtures, which leaves the door open for the 26-year-old to still declare for England. However, Arter has brushed off the rumours that he will declare for the Three Lions.
Martin O’Neill’s men have seven points from their opening three World Cup qualifying games and face Austria at home in November. Howe believes his man will prove to be an asset for the Republic – having missed the most recent games through injury.
“I think the players’ performance will dictate what happens on that side,” Howe said, quoted by Sky Sports. “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.”
Enda Coll, Pundit Arena
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