Bournemouth’s Harry Arter in Ireland provisional squad for Poland
Wes Hoolahan in shortest ever international exile as revised 35-man squad announced
Harry Arter of Bournemouth has been included in the Ireland squad. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images
The 25-year-old has six goals in 38 appearances for the high-flying Championship team who currently sit at the top of their respective league table. Arter qualifies for Irish inclusion through his Sligo grandparents.
Arter has been involved in Republic of Ireland under-17 and under-19 squads in the past.
In the initial squad release on Thursday morning Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan was quite oddly omitted, but this has since been put down to an administrative error of sorts and he has indeed been added to the revised 35-man squad.
Robbie Brady was expected to miss out through an ankle injury he picked up during a club training session, but he has made the squad. His left-wing-back experiment will more than likely be put on ice for this one though.
All three of Ireland’s Player of the Year nominees; Jon Walters, John O’Shea and Aiden McGeady are involved.
After a defeat to Scotland in the last qualifying game a positive result is vital in the Aviva in less than two weeks’ time.
Speaking at today’s press conference O’Neill said, “We have reached a very important time in our qualifying campaign. I am looking forward to assembling the squad for the first time this year in preparation for this game.”
Irish Provisional squad: David Forde, Shay Given, Keiren Westwood, Darren Randolph, Rob Elliot, Richard Keogh, Marc Wilson, Seamus Coleman, Cyrus Christie, John O’Shea, Alex Pearce, Paul McShane, James McCarthy, Jeff Hendrick, Ciaran Clark, Stephen Ward, Harry Arter, Glenn Whelan, Darron Gibson, Paul Green, Aiden McGeady, Anthony Pilkington, James McClean, Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Brady, Stephen Quinn, David Meyler, Robbie Keane, Shane Long, Daryl Murphy, Jon Walters, Kevin Doyle, Anthony Stokes, Simon Cox, David McGoldrick,