Belfast Telegraph

Arter is eager to prove he can be key to Republic's World Cup quest


By Damian Spellman

Harry Arter has vowed to let his football do the talking as he attempts to establish himself as a Republic of Ireland regular.

The Bournemouth midfielder has managed just four appearances for his country in the two years since he made his debut in a friendly against England, and missed out on selection for the Euro 2016 finals.

That has proved a source of huge frustration to the 27-year-old, whose commitment has been questioned in certain quarters to the extent that he had to deny speculation that he was about to switch allegiance to England before playing his first competitive game.

Asked about his stop-start international career, Arter said: "It's been disappointing. I've felt my commitment levels have been judged a little bit unfairly and one thing I've always said to myself is that I won't say too much to the press about being judged on my commitment.

"I'll just try and perform on the pitch and show when I play that I'm 100 per cent committed."

Arter - who briefly needed treatment during the 3-1 friendly victory over Uruguay at the Aviva two days ago- is determined to prove his worth with Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Austria looming large.

Victory over the Austrians would edge the Republic ever closer to qualification - they and Serbia enjoy a four-point advantage over both Austria and Wales in Group D - but Arter is well aware of the price of failure.

He said: "It (victory) would put us in a great position. It will be a long summer if we don't get a positive result."

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