Will Grigg is on fire ... and has a hamster named after him!

Wigan and Northern Ireland's Will Grigg during a media session at Parc de Montchervet, Saint-Georges-de-Reneins
Wigan and Northern Ireland's Will Grigg during a media session at Parc de Montchervet, Saint-Georges-de-Reneins
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Latics’ ace Will Grigg could be forgiven for thinking he’d hit the pinnacle of his career when he was called up for the Northern Ireland squad - and also became the inspiration behind the summer’s most popular dance anthem.

But the on-fire striker has surpassed these momentous moments ... by having a Euro 16 hamster named after him in a unique Pets at Home challenge.

Harry, Gareth and Will, three hamsters - named after England star Harry Kane, Welsh striker, Gareth Bale and Northern Ireland and Wigan Athletic cult hero, Will Grigg - took to the field to pit their hamster ball rolling skills against their opponents in a bid to predict the first round of matches.

After colleagues at the store placed the hamsters in balls ahead of the major international tournament, they noticed the three pets couldn’t get enough of the sporty activity.

Colleagues were so impressed with the tricks that they renamed the hamsters after the three footballing stars and were invited to the retailer’s Handforth head office, in Cheshire, to help them predict the scores of the home nations’ first games.

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.

Will Grigg the hamster

Will Grigg the hamster

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.

Will certainly wasn’t on fire as the football loving hamster conceded an early goal predicting a defeat in their opening group game against Poland which takes place on Sunday.

Scott Jefferson, marketing director at Pets at Home, said: “As soon as we heard that we had football loving hamsters at one of our stores we had to invite them to Pets at Home 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!”