Harry Arter retained as O'Neill trims Ireland squad

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Harry Arter excited to join the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time
Harry Arter excited to join the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time

Bournemouth star Harry Arter has spoken of his delighted after he was confirmed in the Republic of Ireland squad for next Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland in Dublin.

Arter makes the cut for the senior Ireland squad for the first time and will meet up with O'Neill's squad in rich form, after scoring a long range strike that helped to first his club to the top of the Championship division on Saturday.

"If I get the chance to pull on that green shirt, there is no doubt that it will be the proudest moment of my life," Arter told the Sunday World.

"Even though I was born in England, it has always been my dream to play for the Republic of Ireland at international level and I am getting close now, so it is very exciting."

Rob Elliot, Paul Green and Simon Cox have all been omitted from the reduced group, while Anthony Pilkington, David McGoldrick, and Jeff Hendrick are all out due to injury.

Here is the trimmed down version of the Republic of Ireland squad that will gather ahead of the game against Poland next weekend:

Goalkeepers: David Forde, Shay Given, Keiren Westwood, Darren Randolph.

Defenders: Richard Keogh, Marc Wilson, Seamus Coleman, Cyrus Christie, John O’Shea, Alex Pearce, Paul McShane, Ciaran Clark, Stephen Ward.

Midfielders: James McCarthy, Harry Arter, Glenn Whelan, Darron Gibson, Aiden McGeady, James McClean, Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Brady, Stephen Quinn, David Meyler.

Strikers: Robbie Keane, Shane Long, Daryl Murphy, Jon Walters, Kevin Doyle, Anthony Stokes.