England is the proud inventor of the game and a leading power in international football. But what about the rest of the British footballing countries?

No other country in Britain and Ireland has ever really excelled in any major competition, but each one has had its fair share of great players.

This is the all-time greatest XI, choosing from only the greatest Scottish, Irish and Welsh players.

Formation : 3-5-2

Goalkeeper : Pat Jennings

Jennings is a Northern Ireland-born record holder, making 119 caps for his country during his 22-year international career.
He had glorious spells for London teams Arsenal and Tottenham and is considered as one of the greatest shot-stoppers of his generation.

Right-Back : Alan Hansen

Arguably the most talented of all the defenders who have laced their boots for Liverpool.
Alan Hansen was a rare breed of a centre-back, with excellent balance and the ability to carry the ball with control and grace - or as simply as Bob Paisley said : " he is the defender with the pedigree of an international striker".

Centre-Back : Billy McNeil

The Scotland-born central defender was the captain and the key of the great Celtic side which won the 1967 European Cup. He was always confident in his plays and a leader on and off the pitch.

Left-BackDenis Irwin

Irwin had a long and successful career, where he practically won everything there is possible to win.

One of Fergie's favourite players during his career at Manchester United - for his consistency, accurate crosses, stamina and penalty taking.

Defensive Midfielder : Roy Keane

The Irishman was a dominating midfielder, noted for his aggressive and highly competitive style of play, an attitude which helped him excel as captain of Manchester United from 1997 until his departure in 2005.

Centre-Midfielder : Liam Brady

Such was the nature of Liam Brady's incredible talent and the degree to which he was beloved among Arsenal fans of the 1970s, that his transfer to Juventus brought about almost universal depression.

A deep-lying playmaker with the talent to time a pass like only a small amount of players in the 70s, he won 72 caps for Ireland.

Right-Midfielder : George Best

We might have great dribblers today, like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta and others, but George Best has dribbled past way more defenders than all of them combined.

His agility and incredible balance allowed him to run circles around all the defenders of the opposition.

The Northern-Ireland born winger is considered as one of the most talented football players that have ever grace a football field.

Left-Midfielder : Ryan Giggs

The bionic Welsh left-winger has played his whole career at Manchester United.
The now 40-year-old Ryan Giggs has made 946 appereances with the Red Devils. The weird thing is that he doesn't seem to want to retire anytime soon...

Attacking-Midfielder : Kenny Dalglish

Kenny is the king. His brilliant football mind, amazing touch and creativity led him being the most loved football player to ever wear the famous red shirt of Liverpool.
He wore Scotland's kit 102 times.

Centre-Forward : Dennis Law

Certainly one of the best British goalscorers ever. Part of the successful 60s United along with the likes of Charlton and Best, he won the European Cup in 1968.
The Scottish striker managed to find the net 303 times throughout his career.

Centre-Forward : Ian Rush

The iconic moustache-bearer is the greatest ever goalscorer for Liverpool FC, having scored 346 goals during his incredible 660 appereances, a record that unlikely will be broken. Known for his pace, work-rate and goalscoring ability, he is also the top scorers in the Scottish national football team's history with 28 goals.

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