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Euro 2016: Hamster Will Grigg predicts Northern Ireland will be beaten by Poland

A hamster named after Northern Ireland footballer Will Grigg has predicted that Northern Ireland will be beaten in their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.

Colleagues at the Pets at Home Stockport store placed three hamsters in balls ahead of the major international tournament and noticed the pets couldn’t get enough of the sporty activity.

Colleagues were so impressed with the tricks that they renamed the hamsters after three footballing stars, one of which was Northern Ireland cult hero, Will Grigg, and he was invited to the retailer’s Cheshire head office to help them predict the result of the first group game.

However, it seems Will Grigg wasn’t on fire as the football loving hamster conceded an early goal predicting a defeat in their opening group game against Poland.

Scott Jefferson, marketing director at Pets at Home, said: "As soon as we heard that we had football loving hamsters at our Stockport store we had to invite them to the head office to pit their skills against each other in our specially built hamster stadium and predict the first round of matches.

"It seems as though England will get off to a strong start, however it doesn’t look as promising for Wales and Northern Ireland in their opening fixtures. Hopefully they will fair better in their next group games."


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Harry, England’s star striker hamster took to the field against Russia, scoring the first goal to predict an easy win in their opening group game which takes place this Saturday 11 June at 8pm.

Wales hamster Gareth wasn’t as fortunate, with Slovakia scoring first to predict a win for the Eastern European side against Chris Coleman’s team who kick off their campaign on Saturday 11 June at 5pm.

Belfast Telegraph sports editor Steven Beacom said: "Although this is a bit of fun, I put as much faith in the hamsters getting the outcome right as I do in Michael Owen's predictions earlier in the week. It would be great to see the GAWA proving the doubters and these charming hamsters wrong."

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