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Euro 2016: Will Grigg hoping his fire won't burn out on the big stage

Published 25/05/2016

Will Grigg scored 25 league goals in Wigan's promotion season
Will Grigg scored 25 league goals in Wigan's promotion season

Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg cannot escape the suggestion he is on fire at the moment and he hopes the viral chant will make it to the Euros.

Wigan fan Sean Kennedy's adaptation of Gala's 1996 hit 'Freed from Desire' has been the musical accompaniment to the Latics' promotion-winning season and Grigg's golden boot-clinching campaign in League One.

Grigg, 24, said: "To hear the fans singing it for eight or nine minutes every game is good and it came at a good time with me scoring goals. It definitely gave me an extra little bit.''

Grigg's form - he scored 10 times in Wigan's final nine fixtures - earned him a recall to Michael O'Neill's international set-up for this Friday's home friendly with Belarus and there was a familiar tune greeting him at the squad meet-up in Manchester last week.

"It's when I'm walking anywhere, even meeting up with the boys here, it's the first thing they sing,'' he added. "It's not going to get old for me so hopefully I can keep going and if it gets going at the Euros that would be special.''

That may only happen if Grigg is confirmed in O'Neill's final 23-man squad, which is not a certainty given the likes of Josh Magennis, Liam Boyce, Conor Washington and Billy McKay are also in an expanded 28-man group.

Grigg has won seven caps, though none since last May, and his bow came four years ago when a much-changed team conceded six for the first time in 51 years against Holland.

Grigg added: "It was surreal. Weirdly, I enjoyed it as my first international. We've come a very long way - to think that was my first game and here we are now is incredible.''

Belfast Telegraph

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