Wednesday 26 November 2014

Ireland's greatest team of the last 40 years - The expert's view

Published 05/09/2014 | 11:07

(L-R) Paul McGrath, Roy Keane and Liam Brady feature in Ireland's greatest team of the last 40 years
(L-R) Paul McGrath, Roy Keane and Liam Brady are candidates for Ireland's greatest team of the past 40 years

This week Independent.ie revealed who our writers believe is Ireland's greatest team of the modern era. Today we look at the individual selections.

Each day this week we have brought you each line of the team, starting with Shay Given in golas right up to the strike partnership of Robbie Keane and Niall Quinn.

Some selections were straight forward. All our experts chose Paul McGrath, Denis Irwin, Roy Keane, Liam Brady and Robbie Keane.

Given had a few votes to spare over Packie Bonner, while Steve Staunton, John Giles and Ray Houghton were popular choices.

Richard Dunne and Frank Stapleton were perhaps the most unfortunate to miss out, while players such as Damien Duff and Ronnie Whelan also missed out on selection.

Ireland's greatest team of the last 40 years: Shay Given; Denis Irwin, Paul McGrath, Kevin Moran, Steve Staunton; Ray Houghton, Roy Keane, Liam Brady, John Giles; Robbie Keane, Niall Quinn.

Here are the individual selections from our panel of experts.

Vincent Hogan: Given; Irwin, Lawrenson, McGrath, Staunton; Giles, Roy Keane, Brady, Houghton; Keane, Duff.

Daniel McDonnell: Given; Lawrenson, McGrath, Moran, Irwin; Duff, Keane, Giles, Brady; Stapleton, R Keane.

Dion Fanning: Given; Irwin, McGrath, Moran, Hughton; Daly, Keane, Brady, Duff; Keane, Quinn.

John Greene: Bonner; Irwin, Dunne, Moran, Staunton; Houghton, McGrath, Keane, Brady; Keane, Stapleton.

Eamonn Sweeney: Bonner; Irwin, McGrath, Moran, Staunton; Houghton, Keane, Townsend, Brady; Stapleton, Keane.

Dave Kelly: Bonner; Hughton, McGrath, Moran, Irwin; Houghton, Giles, Keane, Brady; Keane, Quinn.

Sean Ryan: Given; Kelly, Dunne, McGrath, Irwin; Houghton, Keane, Brady, Duff;  Stapleton,  Keane.

Stephen Bennett: Given; Irwin, Staunton, McGrath, Dunne; Whelan, Keane, Giles, Brady; Keane, Quinn.

Declan Whooley: Given; Irwin, Staunton, McGrath, Dunne; Whelan, Keane, Giles, Brady; Keane, Quinn.

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