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I'm in form of my life and feel on fire, insists Northern Ireland's Will Grigg

By Steven Beacom

Will Grigg's song may have become more famous than him but for the Northern Ireland star it is all about the football.

And that means grabbing his chance at the Euro 2016 finals if and when it comes along.

The Wigan Athletic striker, who finished the season in sensational scoring form for his club and netted his first international goal in a friendly against Belarus, says he is in the form of his life.

And all this while his song 'Will Grigg's on fire' raised lots of money for charity and made it into the top 10 of the download chart.

"It's nice to have the song but football is the priority," said the 25-year-old.

"The song wouldn't have come if I wasn't 'on fire' at Wigan so it goes hand in hand. But, like I said, the song is irrelevant if I stop scoring goals."

Quizzed on how much he would love to hear it reverberate around the stadium in Nice on Sunday when Northern Ireland face Poland, Grigg said: "It would be brilliant. That would 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. I've got to give the fans a reason to sing about it first.

"Team wise we're in great form having gone 12 games without defeat. I think we'll give anyone a challenge and create problems.

"We're very confident at the moment and we'll be looking forward to the game. Most of the pressure's on Poland, they're probably favourites to win but we've been underdogs before and shown we can win."

Grigg has the look of a man buzzing with belief.

He says that first goal for Northern Ireland in the 3-0 victory against Belarus at Windsor Park last month, four years on from his first cap, meant the world to him.

"It was massive. I've been a bit-part player for a while and hadn't had as much game time as I would have liked so to get that 30 minutes on the pitch and that first goal was massive for me," said Grigg, who has flames on his boots.

"As I was coming on to the pitch, Michael said that there's so much positivity about me at the moment, 'prove that I'm worth it'. I felt that I did that."

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