Scottish, Welsh and Irish: Best XI

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Goalkeeper: Shay Given

Nearly 500 Premier League appearances and counting, Given has been one of the best goalkeepers in the division, let alone the Republic of Ireland.

Right-back: Colin Hendry

A Premier League winner with Blackburn Rovers, the Scot is an unsung hero of the Premier League and national side for whom he made 51 appearances and was captain in the 1998 World Cup.

Centre-back: Richard Dunne 

The personification of solidarity, Dunne the Irish warrior has forged a hugely successful career in the Premier League over the last 15 years or so.

Centre-back: David Weir 

Everton hero Weir spent eight years on Merseyside and won most of his 69 international caps whilst playing in the Premier League.

Left-back: Dennis Irwin

Massively unsung in that all conquering Manchester United side yet one of the most consistent performers. 682 career league appearances for the Irishman, much better than his long term successor at Old Trafford, Patrice Evra.

Right-midfield: Gary McAllister

Keeps Gareth Bale out of this XI, McAllister was one of the most stylish players Scotland has ever produced. Turned heads when Liverpool signed him as a 35-year-old but turned out to be inspirational in 2000/01 season when he helped them to the treble.

Central-midfield: Roy Keane

Manchester United's fearless and fearsome Irish midfield enforcer throughout the late 90's and early 200's, a tough tackler but a classy player and captained the Red Devils for years to trophy triumph, one after another.

Central-midfield: Gary Speed 

The late, great Gary Speed remains one of the most capped Premier League players of all-time, the Welshman was a great of the game and a legend for Newcastle,  Leeds and Bolton.

Left-midfield: Ryan Giggs

Few would dare argue that the Welshman is not the best player on this list having secured unprecedented success with Manchester United and still going strong at the age of 39, turns 40 in a couple of months.

Striker: Robbie Keane

Fox-in-the-box Robbie Keane the Ireland captain is the most capped and highest goalscorer ever for his country and has played for seven clubs with success at most of them.

Striker: Craig Bellamy

The Welsh striker may have gained a bad-boy reputation in football but few can doubt his ability. Blistering pace has troubled Premier League defences for many years in spells with, most notably, Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester City.

Ryan Giggs
Roy Keane
Shay Given
Richard Dunne
Gary McAllister
Gary Speed
Craig Bellamy
Robbie Keane
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