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AFC Bournemouth: Harry Arter still has eye on Republic of Ireland call-up
AMBITIOUS Harry Arter admits he must prove his Championship credentials before he can fulfil his dream of playing on the international stage.
The talented midfielder has made no secret of his desire to earn recognition as he targets a call-up to the full Republic of Ireland squad.
Londoner Arter, who qualifies for Ireland through his grandmother, has represented the country at every level between under-15s and under-19s.
A stand-out performer during Cherries’ League One promotion campaign, Arter has started all five of the club’s matches in the second tier so far this season.
The 23-year-old, who has previously been tipped for a senior cap by Republic of Ireland legend Kevin Kilbane, has seen team-mate Ryan Fraser and new colleague Tokelo Rantie link up with their respective nations during the current international break.
And he is determined to follow their lead in the future – by ensuring that his Cherries form is good enough to catch the eye.
Arter told the Daily Echo: “It is in the back of my mind. It would be good to get a bit of recognition and be called up for a friendly or whatever competition.
“I think the next two games they have got are qualifiers so it is probably way too early for that.
“I am sure that if they are looking at me, they want to see how consistently I can play in the Championship.
“It is only five games into the league season so I probably need a few more games before they might think I am ready.”
Arter, whose brother-in-law Scott Parker has 18 England caps, has helped Cherries climb to sixth position with three wins out of five.
Despite heavy away defeats at the hands of Watford and Huddersfield, the former Charlton and Woking ace has been encouraged by Cherries’ efforts so far.
He added: “If you look at the teams that beat us 5-1 and 6-1, we are currently above them in the table. After those games, people probably wouldn’t have thought that, a few games later, we would be in front of them. That is how tight it is in this league.
“The thing we have done well is to not dwell on the bad results. We have always responded well to an away defeat.”
Meanwhile, Cherries winger Fraser played 77 minutes for Scotland under-21s in their 4-0 away defeat against Holland on Thursday.
The teenager, widely regarded as one of Scotland’s top young players, came close to scoring in the early stages.
But four second-half goals eventually saw the hosts run out as comfortable victors in the European Under-21 Championship qualifier.
Elsewhere, record signing Rantie started for South Africa as they claimed a 4-1 victory over Botswana in their World Cup qualifier in Durban on Saturday.
However, Ethiopia’s away win over Central African Republic ended South Africa’s hopes of reaching the 2014 finals.
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