Compiled by Anthony Pyne, Ed Leahy and Raf Diallo

Over the course of the last month we've been asking you to help us select an XI of the best Republic of Ireland footballers never to have played at a major tournament (ie a World Cup or European Championships). 

Forty-one men were considered for the various positions, with a total of 30,602 votes cast.

Today, we bring you the final selection.


GOALKEEPER
Alan Kelly 

Comfortably selected with almost 46% of the votes, Kelly's nearest challenger was his father, Alan Senior, who took 17.6% of the votes.

Kelly Junior won 34 caps for Ireland and went to two World Cups, remaining on the bench in the USA and South Korea & Japan as deputy for Packie Bonner and Shay Given respectively.

He was unlucky. Having performed well in the pre-USA 94 friendly against Germany, which Ireland won 2-0, Kelly never got his chance in the States, though he was destined to take over from the soon-to-retire Bonner.

Kelly played in all bar one of the Euro 96 qualifiers (Bonner's final game in an Ireland shirt came in the 4-0 home defeat of Liechtenstein).

He was in goal for the play-off loss to the Netherlands at Anfield and would almost certainly have been first choice had Jack Charlton's men made it to the finals in England.

Coming up the rails though was a young Shay Given, the Donegal man emerging during the France 98 campaign and making the position his for the next 14 years.

Full results 
Alan Kelly Junior
Alan Kelly Senior
Dean Kiely
Gerry Peyton
Seamus McDonagh 


FULL-BACKS
Stephen Carr and Jim Beglin

These two comfortably got the nod in what was a competitive category.

Carr was one of the leading right-backs in the Premier League in the late 1990s and early 2000s during his time at Tottenham Hotspur.

He also made the PFA Team of the Year in 2001 and 2003 in an era when Irish internationals (Carr, Gary Kelly and Steve Finnan) remarkably took that position in the season-ending XI for four seasons in a row between Gary Neville and Lauren's respective PFA recognition in '99 and 2004. 

He missed out on the 2002 World Cup with a knee injury. 

Injury also prevented Beglin from going to a major tournament though his was so severe it would ultimately curtail his playing career. 

The left-back cemented his place at international level after Eoin Hand had given him his debut in 1984. 

Beglin was still highly thought-of by Jack Charlton upon the latter's arrival in 1986, earning a recall to the squad for the early Euro 88 qualifiers after missing the Iceland Triangular Tournament. 

By the time he featured in a friendly in Poland at the end of that year, he had won 15 Ireland caps. 

However, the cruel twist of fate intervened early In 1987 when a challenge by Everton’s Gary Stevens resulted in a badly broken leg. Beglin would never truly recover, and he was deprived of the chance to be a part of Ireland's golden period.

Full results
1
Stephen Carr
2 Jim Beglin
3 Tony Dunne
4 Noel Cantwell
5 Paddy Mulligan
6 Shay Brennan
7 Stephen Kelly


CENTRE-HALVES
Mark Lawrenson and Charlie Hurley

This was a landslide. For the best past of a decade, Lawrenson formed the most perfect partnership at the heart of the Liverpool defence, playing alongside Alan Hansen during the golden era of the Anfield club in the 1980s. 

Lawrenson broke into the Ireland squad in the late 1970s, making his debut against Poland in a friendly fixture in 1977 and he was involved in the qualifying campaigns from World Cup 1978 through to Euro '88 when Ireland finally made it to a major tournament.

By that stage, Charlton was in charge and Lawrenson was being utilised in the middle of the park, where he scored a memorable winner against Scotland at Hampden Park, which proved the springboard for the qualification that followed.

Without doubt one of the greatest players to don the green jersey, Lawrenson's final cap came late in 1987 against Israel, while injury would deny him a place in Charlton's squad for the Germany-hosted tournament the following summer.

The immense Hurley was voted Sunderland's player of the century by the Roker Park faithful to celebrate the club's centenary year in 1979.

His Ireland career would span those same 12 years that he was at the Black Cats from 1957-1969 and he would win 40 caps throughout a period when international games were a lot less plentiful than they are in the modern era.

Renowned for his aerial ability, Hurley was considered one of the best central defenders in England during the first half of the 1960s and was just edged by Bobby Moore for Football Writers' Player of the Year in 1964-65.

Full results
1
Charlie Hurley
2 Mark Lawrenson
3 Gary Doherty
4 Alan Kernaghan
5 John Anderson
6 Andy O'Brien


WINGERS
Steve Heighway and Gerry Daly

Heighway won it all at Liverpool - two UEFA Cups, two European Cups, the FA Cup and four league titles.

Internationally, however, he was part of a Republic of Ireland team that just couldn't get over the line.

He won 34 caps, though that total would have been higher had Bill Shankly not been so protective of his prized winger, often pulling Heighway out of Ireland squads without informing the player.

Heighway was part of good Irish teams under Liam Tuohy and John Giles who knocked on the door throughout the 70s without making the breakthrough. Bad luck and a tougher qualification process back then meant some of the country's finest players never got the chance to shine on the biggest stage. He was one of them.

Daly had a long and distinguished career in green. He was a big favourite at Manchester United, who he moved to from Bohs in 1973. The Red Devils were at a low ebb in that period but Daly was part of an important rebuild.

Although United were famously relegated in 1974, Daly helped them to bounce back into the top flight a year later as they won the Second Division title.

A fallout with manager Tommy Docherty led to the Dubliner moving on to Derby in '77 and he kept playing right up until 1991, hanging up his boots when at Telford Town.

Daly was often used as a central playmaker for club and country but he had the engine and the intelligence to play across the midfield

Full results
1 Steve Heighway
2 Gerry Daly
3 Andy Reid
4 Mark Kennedy
5 Rory Delap
6 Keith O'Neill
7 Eddie McGoldrick


CENTRE-MIDFIELDERS
Liam Brady and John Giles

Imagine having these two in the engine room. 

Charlton did incredible things with the Republic of Ireland team, but his failure to fully utilise the talents of Brady will always be hard to fathom.

The Dubliner was one of the finest midfielders in Europe at his peak. He was the focal point for Arsenal through the second part of the 70s, heading for Serie A in 1980 where he shone in a brilliant Juventus team that won two Scudettos before moving on to Inter Milan, Sampdoria and Ascoli. 

Charlton never seemed comfortable with a maverick like Brady at the heart of his team, though it was bad luck and a moment of indiscipline that cost the St Kevin's Boys graduate involvement at Euro 88.

He'd played through the qualification campaign but picked up a two-game ban for kicking out at a Bulgarian player in the last match of the group. 

Brady, by then plying his trade at West Ham, suffered a bad knee injury just afterwards which was the final nail in the coffin in terms of him featuring at the finals.

Giles strongly criticised Charlton over his treatment of Brady. He played with, and managed, his fellow Dubliner and was a man well qualified to recognised a serious midfield talent. Giles himself was one of the best.

He spent six years at Manchester United under the guidance of Matt Busby but Giles will always be most associated with Leeds United, where his career took off following a move to Yorkshire in 1963.

Giles was bitter about the way things ended at Old Trafford and vowed to "haunt" Busby, who'd gone cold on the Irishman's potential. Tough, creative, and blessed with a phenomenal range of passing, Giles was at the heart of a golden era for Leeds.

He made his Ireland debut against Sweden in 1950, scoring in a 3-2 friendly win at Dalymount Park. By the time he was named player-manager in '73, Giles was the his country's best and best-known player. He is remembered as perhaps the most gifted midfielder we have ever produced.

Full results
1
Liam Brady
2 John Giles
3 Tony Grealish
4 Paddy Coad
5 Stephen Ireland
6 Con Martin
7 Mick Martin
8 Keith Fahey


STRIKERS
Don Givens and Liam Whelan

Givens was the clear favourite among voters here. He was a natural poacher who carried the burden of sniffing out goals for his country throughout a frustrating decade.

Givens - a robust player with good mobility - was at the peak of his powers when he scored a memorable hat-trick in Ireland's 3-0 defeat of the USSR in 1974. That was the game Brady made his Ireland debut.

In the same qualification campaign for the 1976 European Championships, Givens scored all four in a 4-0 hammering of Turkey but Ireland fell short of getting to the finals.

By the time he walked away from the international stage he was his country's record goalscorer with 19. It would stand until 1990, when Stapleton got to 20.

Whelan was one of the Busby Babes who tragically lost their lives in the 1958 Munich Air Disaster. He was just 22 years old when he died, having played only four times for his country.

Born in Cabra, Whelan's immense ability was honed at Dublin nursery Home Farm. Manchester United brought him across the water for a trial and after Whelan excelled in an FA Youth Cup clash against Wolves, they snapped him up.

Tall, slim and deceptively quick, Whelan won two league titles at Old Trafford.

He would have continued to pick up silverware in that brilliant team had tragedy not struck. A glittering career for club and country was cruelly cut short.   

Full results
1
Don Givens
Liam Whelan
3 Michael Robinson 
4 Clinton Morrison
5 Ray Treacy 
6 Jimmy Dunne
7 Liam Tuohy
8 Paddy Moore