Saturday, 3 June 2017

Arter must be ready to make an impact for Rep Ireland

Harry Arter was hoping to play a big part in the Republic of Ireland's match against Mexico on Friday and the following Sunday when Rep of Ireland take on Uruguay. He did not play though against the Mexicans last night, and he has only made four appearances in a senior international shirt. He is kind of having to catch up on lost time now having missed the European Championships with an injury and it doesn't seem that he is yet fit enough to make the most of the latest batch of friendly games either.
Harry has been waiting for this chance to play for Republic of Ireland.

Arter's quality has been well monitored by Roy Keane who we have seen at Bournemouth's ground many times. There was some talk last summer that Arter might hold out for an England call up, but he always wanted to play for Rep of Ireland and reassured Martin O'Neil of his commitment. Now he has to show that quality on the pitch.

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The players that have done well in Ireland's team are players that Arter has come up against in the Championship and Premier League. The likes of Roby Brady, Wes Hoolahan, Jeff Hendrick, Jonathan Walters and James McClean have all been on the end of an Arter tackle or two but it has taken the former Woking player longer than most to make it to the international squad and I was pleased that he gave himself this chance by missing out the last game of AFCB's season to give it a real good go for Republic of Ireland.

What Martin O'Neil knows is that he will get a player with a big engine who will chase down lost causes and will work hard in the centre of midfield. Arter's passing has been improving and while he has not scored many Premier League goals, he has had the players around him to do that task at AFCB. He may get more opportunity for the national team to make an impact and his shooting is usually fairly sensational when he does have a pop at goal from distance.

The Republic of Ireland didn't find it easy against Mexico and went down 3-1 last night. I'm hoping that Arter may be able to get in shape for the game against Uruguay. 
Uruguay are known only to well by England fans having been knocked out in the last World Cup by the Luis Suarez in the front line. Colombia ended their World Cup last time in the Round of 16. They are ranked 15th by FIFA and are probably a stronger opposition than Mexico who the Republic of Ireland lost to 3-1, but it will be good to see Harry come up against stars that have already graced football's top competition.

Sunday 4 June
Rep Ireland v Uruguay 6pm

In other news, Yeovil Town are on AFCB's pre-season tour away at Huish Park on 2nd August.

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