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Euro 2016: Will Grigg vows to give fans a reason to sing his viral chant in France

Four days to go until Northern Ireland play Poland in Nice

Published 08/06/2016

Northern Ireland's Will Grigg pictured during his press conference in the Media Centre in France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 08th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's Will Grigg pictured during his press conference in the Media Centre in France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 08th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's Will Grigg during a press conference at St Georges-de-Reneines near Lyon on the run up to the opening game against Poland in the Euro 2016 tournament in France Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland's Will Grigg during a press conference at St Georges-de-Reneines near Lyon on the run up to the opening game against Poland in the Euro 2016 tournament in France Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland's Conor McLaughlin and Will Grigg during training at St Georges-de-Reneines near Lyon on the run up to the opening game against Poland in the Euro 2016 tournament in France Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 08th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Will Grigg during their training session in St Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.
Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans, Stuart Dallas and Will Grigg pictured during their first training session in St Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 05th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's Will Grigg and Josh Magennis pictured during their first training session in St Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 05th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 08th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Will Grigg during their training session in St Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Paddy McNair, Will Grigg, Alan Mannus and Jonny Evans sign autographs for invited local people from St Georges de Reneins, France, who got to watch the training session ahead of Northern Irelands opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.

Will Grigg has said he is determined to give fans a reason to sing his now viral chant as he continues his Euro 2016 preparations.

With just four days to go until Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euro 2016 opening match in Nice the training camp is well underway.

The team were given a scare on Tuesday when Kyle Lafferty limped off the pitch suffering a groin injury, but after a precautionary scan he now fighting fit for Sunday.

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Among those hoping they will get some time on the pitch is striker Will Grigg - who has been a crowd favourite as he has "been on fire" scoring 28 goals last season prompting the now viral chant to the tune of '90s dance anthem Freed from Desire by Gala.

It went viral online after fans were filmed singing in the stands at the 24-year-old's home club Wigan Athletic.

Wigan threw its weight behind an official release of the song, remixed by London dance duo Blondie, and the track initially shot to number 10 in the charts.

 

The Northern Ireland football squad with manager Michael ONeill before leaving for the Euro Finals.
The Northern Ireland football squad with manager Michael ONeill before leaving for the Euro Finals.
Michael McGovern. Age: 31 Position: Goalkeeper Caps: 10 Goals: 0 Beacom’s verdict: Like a fine wine, Enniskillen man Michael is improving with age. Experience of Euro 2016 will make him even better.
Roy Carroll Age: 38 Position: Goalkeeper Caps: 44 Goals: 0 Beacom’s verdict: I’ve known Roy since he was a kid. Brilliant guy and a top goalkeeper. Now the Windsor penalty king, he is great for team morale.
Alan Mannus Age: 34 Position: Goalkeeper Caps: 8 Goals: 0 Beacom’s verdict: Third choice he may be, but if called upon, as he showed versus Belarus on Friday night, Alan won’t let the side down.
Craig Cathcart Age: 27 Position: Defender Caps: 27 Goals: 2 Beacom’s verdict: Has established himself as a quality Premier League defender and international. Vital to Northern Ireland now.
Jonny Evans Age: 28 Position: Defender Caps: 48 Goals: 1 Beacom’s verdict: Has the ability to have a big tournament and show why Manchester United should never have sold him.
Gareth McAuley Age: 36 Position: Defender Caps: 60 Goals: 7 Beacom’s verdict: Big G has become a huge favourite with the fans and rightly so. Huge influence and dangerous at set-pieces.
Luke McCullough Age: 22 Position: Defender Caps: 5 Goals: 0 Verdict: May not feature in France, but has an important part to play in training and be ready if required. Can learn much from likes of McAuley.
Conor McLaughlin Age: 24 Position: Defender Caps: 17 Goals: 0 Beacom’s verdict: Conor has been magnificent since being a surprise choice in the first Euro qualifier. Will relish shining in France.
Lee Hodson Age: 24 Position: Defender Caps: 15 Goals: 0 Beacom’s verdict: Clearly impressed manager Michael O’Neill in training to make the trip. Steady performer. Could get some game time.
Aaron Hughes Age: 36 Position: Defender Caps: 99 Goals: 1 Beacom’s verdict: Aaron is a Northern Ireland legend. Even when the team struggled he was Mr Consistency. Delighted he is going to the finals.
Paddy McNair Age: 21 Position: Defender Caps: 8 Goals: 0 Beacom’s verdict: Looks like a seasoned international when he plays in the holding midfield role for his country. Could be a key player in France.
Chris Baird Age: 34 Position: Defender Caps: 77 Goals: 0 Beacom’s verdict: Another brilliant servant. His vast experience will be needed on and off the pitch. Reliable when the going gets tough.
Steven Davis Age: 31 Position: Midfielder Caps: 82 Goals: 8 Beacom’s verdict: In my view Steven has become one of Northern Ireland’s greatest ever footballers. What a player. And a superb captain too.
Oliver Norwood Age: 25 Position: Midfielder Caps: 33 Goals: 0 Beacom’s verdict: How this man has grown under Michael O’Neill. Now an outstanding international and so crucial to how the team plays.
Corry Evans Age: 25 Position: Midfielder Caps: 33 Goals: 1 Beacom’s verdict: Works his socks off for the team no matter where he is asked to play. Could be a key substitute in group games.
Jamie Ward Age: 30 Position: Midfielder Caps: 21 Goals: 2 Beacom’s verdict: With his energy, this livewire often sets the tone early on for Northern Ireland. Underestimate him at your peril.
Stuart Dallas Age: 25 Position: Midfielder Caps: 13 Goals: 1 Beacom’s verdict: Like a few in this squad has flourished under the manager. Seems inspired every time he puts on a Northern Ireland shirt.
Niall McGinn Age: 28 Position: Midfielder Caps: 42 Goals: 2 Beacom’s verdict: Showed against Belarus he can make a big impact off the bench. That will be his important role at the Euros.
Shane Ferguson Age: 24 Position: Midfielder Caps: 24 Goals: 1 Beacom’s verdict: Has a lovely left foot and an ability to whip in dangerous crosses. Like a few here will be useful off the bench.
Will Grigg Age: 24 Position: Forward Caps: 8 Goals: 1 Beacom’s verdict: Forget the song for a second, if given the chance this guy can be a hit at Euro 2016 because he is a clinical finisher.
Kyle Lafferty Age: 28 Position: Forward Caps: 50 Goals: 17 Beacom’s verdict: Northern Ireland’s main man in attack. Inspirational and influential, Kyle has what it takes to be a star in France.
Conor Washington Age: 24 Position: Forward Caps: 3 Goals: 2 Beacom’s verdict: Sure to get game time at the finals, he could be a surprise element for the team. Certainly won’t be overawed.
Michael O’Neill Age: 46 Position: Manager Verdict: Michael is the manager with the Midas touch. It will take something special for Northern Ireland to make the knockout stages, but with this man in charge anything is possible.

Speaking at a press conference in France, Grigg said he hasn't escaped the song just yet.

He said: "The boys are still singing it so I don't get away from it and obviously my phone's been going crazy. I can't say I've heard it from the locals but I'm still hearing it all week."

Grigg said he was happy with soaring the download charts and admitted he had bought it as "many times as possible" to help the charity.

 

He said: "It's for a great cause, as high as possible, the more money we can create for charity the better. It was Sean Kennedy who started it all then we got on board with a music company and it's just been brilliant.

“Of course, I bought it as many times as possible just to help get the charity out there and raise as much money as possible.

 

Looking ahead to Sunday he hopes to get some time on the pitch and to hear that famous chant in the stadium.

He said:  “It would be brilliant. That would be definitely be a long way from hearing it at home in Wigan. It would be surreal. If I get some time on the pitch, to hear that song would be brilliant. We've got to give the fans a reason to sing about it first.

“We're in great form, I think we'll give any team a challenge and create problems for teams. We've got to concentrate on the group and see what we can do.

He added: "I'm happy to be here, to be a part of it. I want to get as many minutes as possible. I'm in the best form of my life. If I'm called upon I'm ready for it."

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