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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

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.

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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