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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Arter ready to push hard for squad place

Harry Arter
Harry Arter

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter is living a boyhood dream and ready to burst a gut to play his way into the Ireland squad for the Euro 2016 finals.

Arter was a big part of Bournemouth's promotion drive, caught Martin O'Neill's eye as a result and made his debut against England with a second-half cameo as a sub in the June friendly at the Aviva.

"Going back a few years, having the chance to play in a major championship was a million miles away," he said.

"It's close to becoming a reality but there is still a long way to go because it is a long season. I'm definitely not counting my chickens over being in the squad because I know I've still got a lot of work to do," admitted the late arrival to Martin O'Neill's squad.

"But I would like to think that if I'm playing every week in the Premier League and doing well then I would have a good chance.

"My main objective is to play for Bournemouth and, hopefully, that will be enough to get me in the Irish squad.

"If I could get to the Euros, it would be a footballing dream come true."

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