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Who starts up front in Ireland's greatest team of the last 40 years?

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Skipper Robbie Keane is happy to shoulder the burden of scoring the Republic of Ireland's goals

Skipper Robbie Keane is happy to shoulder the burden of scoring the Republic of Ireland's goals

Skipper Robbie Keane is happy to shoulder the burden of scoring the Republic of Ireland's goals

This week Independent.ie reveals who our writers believe is Ireland's greatest team of the modern era. Today we take a look at the make-up of the attack.

Frank Stapleton, who scored 20 goals in 71 appearances in a 14 year international career, was picked by a number of experts while Damien Duff was also in some selections in an advanced role, but both men miss out on starting spots.

Record goal scorer Robbie Keane was an obvious choice up front. Since he made his debut for Ireland in 1998, he has been the focal point of the Irish attack.

Joint second, with Raúl and Jan Koller, on the list of all-time top scorers in European Championship qualification, the Dubliner has 62 goals and counting for the Boys in Green.

He is joined by Niall Quinn, Ireland's all-time top scorer until Keane took his crown. The towering striker was a handful for defenders and scored 21 goals in an international career that spanned 16 years and would have played in three World Cups had injury not deprived him of participation at USA 94.

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Niall Quinn celebrates after scoring Ireland's fourth goal with teammate Robbie Keane, Ireland v Malta, European Championship Qualifier, Landsdowne Road, in 1998

Niall Quinn celebrates after scoring Ireland's fourth goal with teammate Robbie Keane, Ireland v Malta, European Championship Qualifier, Landsdowne Road, in 1998

Niall Quinn celebrates after scoring Ireland's fourth goal with teammate Robbie Keane, Ireland v Malta, European Championship Qualifier, Landsdowne Road, in 1998

 

Ireland's greatest team of the last 40 years: Given; Irwin, McGrath, Moran, Staunton; Houghton, Keane, Brady, Giles; Keane, Quinn

Find out the individual selections from our team of experts tomorrow in Independent.ie

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