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Published: 14:03 | 28/2/16

Arter hopes for Ireland Euro 2016 chance


Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter hopes to work his way into Martin O'Neill's Ireland squad for the Euro 2016 finals in France.

Arter, 26, is out to impress manager Martin O'Neill in Ireland's pre-Euro 2016 friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia at Lansdowne Road in March, nine months after winning his first and only cap against England in Dublin in June 2015.

"A year ago I wasn’t even in one of the squads, I feel privileged to have been named in one of them, let alone to have made my debut," he told the Sunday Times.

"The main thing now is to try to perform and keep Bournemouth in the Premier League and when the Ireland games do pop up in March to convince him that I am good enough.”

Arter, a £4,000 signing from Woking in 2010, says he was determined to play against England despite the pain of a groin injury that eventually ruled him out for the first 12 weeks of Bournemouth's debut Premier League season.

"I would have gone out there and played on one leg, but I remember taping my groin so tight that I literally couldn’t feel anything in my leg that high up," Arter continued.

"I managed to get through on adrenalin, but after that game I had to be honest with Martin O’Neill and say ‘I can’t physically do any more. It would be pointless me staying here’.

"I had to pull out of the game against Scotland. I thought a bit of rest would cure it, but that was the start of a four or five-month period where it was hell really."

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