Harry Arter omitted from Ireland squad following rumours of bust-up with Roy Keane

Mon, Sep 03 2018

Arter on his first international start against the Netherlands. Credit: Eddie Lennon (ETPhotos)

Harry Arter has been omitted from the Republic of Ireland squad to face Wales and Poland this month following rumours of a falling-out with assistant manager Roy Keane.

The Cardiff City midfielder had been named in the 32-man provisional panel but was absent from the slimmed-down 26-strong squad named today.

Manager Martin O’Neill confirmed in a media interview last week that an altercation had taken place but there has been no comment since.

“I’m not denying there hasn’t been altercations,” O’Neill said in an interview with The Daily Mirror. “But the situation has definitely been defused and it’s just part of things.”

An FAI press release confirmed that Shane Long (foot), Sean Maguire (hamstring), Robbie Brady (ankle), Scott Hogan (groin) and James McCarthy (leg) all miss out with injury.

And Manchester United goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara will link up with the under-21 squad that faces Kosovo and Germany in crucial European Championship qualifiers.

That could mean a debut for Norwegian-born keeper Sean McDermott of Kristiansund, who has been called up to his first squad, as well as Preston striker Callum Robinson.


Republic of Ireland squad to face Wales and Poland:

Goalkeepers: Colin Doyle (Hearts), Sean McDermott (Kristiansund BK), Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Kevin Long, Stephen Ward (Burnley), John Egan, Enda Stevens (Sheffield United)

Midfielders: Alan Judge (Brentford), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Shaun Williams (Millwall), David Meyler (Reading), Daryl Horgan (Hibernian), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City)

Forwards: Jonathan Walters (Ipswich Town*), Graham Burke, Callum Robinson (Preston North End), Aiden O'Brien (Millwall)

*Indicates player is on loan