Harry Arter will force his way into the Republic of Ireland's starting line-up if he sustains his early-season Premier League form, according to Eddie Howe.

Bournemouth boss Howe hailed midfielder Arter's all-action showing that underpinned the Cherries' 6-1 hammering of Hull, then tipped the 26-year-old for further Ireland honours.

Arter has recently brushed off suggestions he would aim to declare for England given he has yet to feature for Ireland in a competitive fixture despite winning three caps.

The Bournemouth midfielder left Dean Court on crutches after suffering a knee problem on Saturday, but that was thought to be a precaution.

Ireland's next Group D qualifying game is an away fixture in Austria on 12 November. Martin O'Neill's men have seven points from three games. 

"I think the players' performance will dictate what happens on that side," said Howe of Arter's international chances.

"They've got to get their Bournemouth form right first and the rest will follow.

"When you talk about Harry the last few weeks he's been absolutely terrific for us. So I'm sure if he continues that form he'll get rewarded.

"We've got some very good footballers here and some very intelligent footballers. The way we play, it's not easy, it's the hardest way to play I believe.

"So there's a lot of responsibility on their shoulders, but they take that very well."