Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland squad numbers for Euro 2016 released

By Graham Luney

You have been warned - don't stand too close to the Northern Ireland number nine shirt at the Euro 2016 finals as it could catch fire!

Wigan goal sensation Will Grigg has been handed the number nine jersey as he sets about terrorising defences in France.

Northern Ireland's squad numbers for the tournament which kicks off on Friday, June 10 have been released by the Irish FA and now any members of the Green and White Army looking to get their favourite player printed on a jersey can now make that purchase.

Read more: Everything the Green and White Army needs to know 

The 23-man squad are currently working on tactics and formations at a training base in Austria before travelling to Slovakia for their final warm-up clash on Saturday.

Many eyes will be on number nine Grigg who will enjoy plenty of vocal support as the 'Will Grigg's on Fire' track soars up the music charts. After his sharpshooting skills earned him the golden boot in League One, the striker is now hoping to make golden memories in France.

The unavoidable sound of 'Will Grigg's on Fire' will echo around stadiums as Northern Ireland take on Poland, Ukraine and World champions Germany in Group C.

But Northern Ireland's main dangerman, after netting seven times in the qualifiers, is still Kyle Lafferty and the Kesh goal-getter will don the number 10 shirt.

Conor Washington, who has the least number of caps in the squad with three, will look to impress wearing number 11.

Eleven is the magic number for Michael O'Neill's men at the moment as their 11-game unbeaten run is the longest of any side participating at Euro 2016.

Roy Carroll and Alan Mannus are both hoping to earn starting slots in France but it's Hamilton stopper Michael McGovern who is handed the number one jersey. Carroll is number 12 while Mannus completes the list at number 23.

Captain fantastic Steven Davis will be bursting with pride when he leads the side out against Poland in Nice on June 12 wearing the number eight jersey.

Northern Ireland's Group C rivals Poland were in action last night, losing 2-1 to Holland in Gdansk.

Georginio Wijnaldum scored the winner after Artur Jedrzejczyk had cancelled out Vincent Janssen's opener.

The Poles adopted a 4-4-2 formation with Arkadiusz Milik and star man Robert Lewandowski leading the attack but neither could find the net.

Spain, meanwhile, hammered South Korea 6-1.

International friendly: Slovakia v N Ireland, City Arena Stadium, Trnava , Sat, 7.45pm.

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