Sunday, 11 June 2017

Arter will carry Republic of Ireland fans' hopes against Austria

Harry Arter can make himself a pivotal player in the Republic Ireland's World Cup Qualifying squad with another solid performance against Austria this Sunday at 5pm, to back up his min of the match award against Uruguay last week. He managed to play well despite still having a problem with his ankle, and he may need to have injections before the match on Sunday, if the Bournemouth Echo's verdict stays true.
Arter looks to push forward his regular Republic of Ireland claims today.

The fixture on Sunday is the opposite fixture in which Harry made his debut for the Republic of Ireland last November. He was great on that night and will not be put off by coming up the same Austrian players again in Dublin.

There were as many as eight changes that Martin O'Neil made to the team for the Uruguay game, but the chances are that he'll look to play near enough the same team for this next qualifier. Glenn Whelan, Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady started with Arter in that match and the balance of the side was very good.

Arter will be looking to break his goal duck if he can as an international player, and it is an area of his game that he was slightly disappointed with last season as he netted just the once against Everton away when AFCB got thumped 6-3 in February 2017. He could have course have doubled his tally had he taken a penalty a little bit better at Southampton, but it would not surprise me if Arter was one of the first to put his hand up to take a penalty for the Republic if the chance came along.

It is the industry of Arter which makes him such a must use player for O'Neil. He is a grafter and you always know you'll get 100 per cent from him if he is on the pitch, and it is good to see Arter finally on the big international stage where more football fans can admire his talent which has really blossomed at AFCB.

In other news, Brad Smith has pulled out of Australia's Confeds Cup team with a hamstring pull he sustained against Saudi Arabia. Lewis Cook will lead out England's U20's today in a World Cup final against Venezuela at 11am.

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