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Harry Arter Feels It's Difficult For English-Born Players To Settle In The Ireland Squad

Harry Arter Feels It's Difficult For English-Born Players To Settle In The Ireland Squad
By Daniel Kelly
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Bournemouth's Harry Arter made his debut for the Republic of Ireland over two year ago.

Born in south-east London, Arter qualified for Ireland through his Sligo-born grandparents. The 27-year-old's path to international football is on that's becoming less frequently used by the FAI.

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Now he's a settled member of the squad, Arter told the Irish Independent that he initially felt like an outsider when he was first called up by Martin O'Neill.

I think it’s harder for players with an English background making it into the Ireland side and in many ways, I don’t have a problem with that.

If I was born in Ireland, came through the ranks and had earned my chance on the international stage, it would probably annoy me that an English-born player was getting in ahead of me because he was playing for a better club at the time.

In an ideal world, a kid will make his mark in the League of Ireland, then go and prove his worth in the English Premier League and eventually become an international player.

Six caps into his international career, Arter admitted he does not know the words to the Irish national anthem, and that was one of his main worries when arriving in Dublin to join the squad for the first time.

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I’m not the only one that doesn’t sing the anthem so that makes me feel a bit better about not knowing the words yet.

I suppose the big issue I had when I went into the Ireland squad for the first time was that everything as very new for me...

So it was a new experience going into a squad of senior international players who all knew each other and trying to fit in with them all.

Arter has yet to score for Ireland, but if he finds the net in the coming days against Georgia or Serbia, the fact he doesn't sing the anthem will be the least of the fan's worries.

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