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Men's Football Arter fails to make Ireland squad for Uefa Nations League opener

HARRY ARTER has not been named in the Republic of Ireland squad for Thursday night’s Nations League clash with Wales amid reports of a spat with assistant manager Roy Keane.

The Bournemouth midfielder, who is currently on loan at Cardiff, was included in the provisional squad but did not make the final cut amid speculation that he had pulled out having played the full 90 minutes of his club’s 3-2 Premier League defeat by Arsenal on Sunday.

Manager Martin O’Neill admitted last month that Arter and striker Jonathan Walters had a difference of opinion with Keane before the friendly against the United States in June.

O’Neill has admitted Arter’s decision not to meet up with the squad could have something to do with his spat with Keane.

Speaking at a press conference in Dublin today, O’Neill said: “That might be part of the reason, yes, it could well be if that’s the case.

“But he’s got a number of things to consider, obviously.”

O’Neill said Arter’s loan move to Cardiff was also a reason behind his decision.

He said: “Harry’s not coming, he’s concentrating on his club football at this moment. I think he wants to just get back on track.

“His club appearances have been few and far between just recently and he wants to concentrate on that.”

O’Neill denied reports that Declan Rice’s decision to make himself unavailable amid England’s interest in him was also down to a clash with Keane and revealed he has not had further talks with the player.

O’Neill said: “No, I’ve not spoken with Declan recently. I’ve obviously spoken with the family, but Declan is taking a little bit of time.

“Declan is a young fellow, 19 years of age. Obviously we are very, very keen to have him. He’s played senior football for us and of course, when the country of your birth comes calling, it stops you in your tracks a little bit, so he has a decision to make.”

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