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Hungary v Northern Ireland: On target Will Grigg backs himself on big stage

By Julian Taylor

Will Grigg is unfazed at the possibility of leading the line for Northern Ireland in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

The striker is currently in vogue, having netted a double to sink Manchester United for MK Dons recently.

So, naturally, with that kind of impressive scoring instinct, it was little surprise Grigg received a call to the national squad by manager Michael O'Neill, ahead of tomorrow's first encounter against Hungary in Budapest.

Moreover, he's dreaming of filling the scoring boots of record Northern Ireland goal-grabber David Healy.

"I'm one of those players who doesn't really get affected by pressure, it seems to be the bigger the game the better I do to be honest," says 23-year-old Grigg.

"I've played three on TV, scored in every one and got two man-of-the-matches. I'll let Michael know that later on!

"It doesn't seem to affect me in a negative way. It's one of those things, if you get your chance it's your job to take it and hopefully I can do that.

"Every Northern Ireland striker looks up to what he (Healy) did for his country. He scored so many goals and so many vital goals. Everyone looks up to that.

"Even though I'm a League One footballer, I've spent most of my career there, if you score goals you can do it at any level.

"I feel confident in training, I never think I'll struggle to score goals and it's something I'll always do. If I'm given the chance I think I can definitely deliver."

If he wins his sixth cap, Grigg is already dreaming of a much-cherished winner in the Groupama Arena.

"Yeah, that's something you dream of as a kid," he admits. "It's one of those things, you dream of scoring for your country and a winner would be something special. It's something to aim for and the sooner it comes the better.

"Scoring versus United was massive for me personally, a lifelong ambition and scoring for my country would be the same, something really special."

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