Harry Arter said the Republic of Ireland squad are completely behind Declan Rice as the West Ham United teenager continues to mull over his worldwide future.
Yet it was his backing for Rice that shone through, as he urged Irish football fans to give the teenager a little more time to make a decision that will affect the rest of his career. As an Irish worldwide born in England himself, Arter has a keen awareness of the difficulty Rice has in making this call.
Arter lavished praise on Rice and expressed sympathy for the conundrum he's facing, while tipping him to reach the very top.
Appearing on RTÉ 2fm's Game On alongside Independent.ie reporter Kevin Palmer, Republic of Ireland midfielder Arter spoke openly and honestly about his row with Ireland assistant boss Roy Keane that saw him pull out of the national team squad in September.
"The manager has given him the full respect of leaving him out of the squad, supporting him throughout the whole thing, and I know as a squad we're doing the same". If he does pick England it will be a massive loss to us, there's no denying that.
"As I say I know as a squad we've supported him and as a mate I'll be supporting him".
Returning to the worldwide fold for the Republic of Ireland's recent games against Denmark and Wales, Harry Arter has sought to distance himself from the salacious details of his "row" with assistant manager, Roy Keane.
It has since been resolved, and, Arter insists, "completely water under the bridge".
As for his falling out with Keane, Harry Arter assertively suggested that "as a squad we've got more important things to focus on than that".
"That's probably been my biggest disappointment throughout my time with Ireland".
"I want to sign for West Ham and I think it is going to happen", he says.
"There's no excuses really".
"There's no beating around the bush about it".
Not wanting to "go into the situation too much", the loan move brought an end to the midfielder's unbroken seven-year stint with Bournemouth. I've said what I needed to say about it.
"I need to make the right decision, what is best for me and my family".