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Arter ends the 'nonsense' with sparkling Ireland display

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Arter made his mark with an all-action display in Austria
Arter made his mark with an all-action display in Austria

Harry Arter declared he was delighted to banish the ‘nonsense’ over his international future after his first competitive start in Ireland’s crucial win against Austria.

Arter turned in a hugely committed display as he ended rumours that he may be tempted to make a switch to play for England and he clearly relished his debut in Ireland green.

“It was a great result,” the Bournemouth midfielder told Sky Sports. “I wanted to make my competitive debut and I wanted it to come with a good result, so I am pleased.

“We knew coming here that if we got a result, we would put ourselves in a really good position. Austria are going to find it tough to get qualified now and we are in a great spot.

“A few of the lads mentioned before the game that we did not have a great record here, so we wanted to put that right. We were not great in the first half, but we put that right after the break when the manager had some words with us and we showed what we are about and we got the goal we deserved.

“There was a bit of negativity around the results against Georgia and Moldova, but they were tough games.

“Now to come here, you might take a draw before the game, but we battled away and got the result and now we are in great shape.

Arter was caught up in a media storm last month amid rumours that he was on the brink of walking away from the Ireland set-up in a bid to launch an international career with England.

Yet the midfielder told the Sunday World that he had no intention to give up on his Ireland dream and now he is relieved to have made his mark in one of the great away wins in Irish history.

“To me, it was all just nonsense and it wasn’t anything I took seriously,” added Arter of the rumours that he might have turned his back on an career with Ireland.

“The most important people and the manager didn’t take it seriously and those kind of stories won’t have to come out any more.”