Grigg to ignite at the Euros!

Will Grigg
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Will Grigg admits he’ll be going all out to set Euro 2016 alight when Northern Ireland kick-off their campaign against Poland this weekend.

The 24-year-old Wigan Athletic striker has been the centre of attention in the Northern Irish camp of late, with the famous chant bearing his name being made into a song and flying straight into the iTunes top 10.

And Grigg admits he’s champing at the bit to prove he’s up to the hype - and ensure the Northern Ireland fans have plenty to sing about after Sunday’s game.

“It would be brilliant,” he acknowledged. “That would definitely be a long way from hearing it at home in Wigan. It would be surreal!

“The boys here are still singing it, so I don’t get away from it, and obviously my phone’s been going crazy.

“If I get some time on the pitch, to hear that song would be brilliant.

“But we’ve got to give the fans a reason to sing about it first.”

While Grigg and his colleagues have been fine-tuning their preparations ahead of the big kick-off, the song bearing his name has been making big waves in the charts back home.

With the help of top music producers Blonde, DJ Kenno - aka Latics superfan Sean Kennedy - has been rubbing shoulders with the likes of Justin Timberlake and Beyonce, with all proceeds going to the Joseph’s Goal charity.

“I’m happy with that,” Grigg recognised. “It’s for a great cause, and the higher the song gets, and the more money we can make 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.”

Grigg was even photographed in training this week with a new pair of shooting boots, the design of which made his feet appear to be engulfed in flames.

“It wasn’t deliberate, it was probably good timing,” he laughed.

“I’ve been tagged on a few pictures on Twitter saying they look like flames, but hopefully they can replicate that idea.”

Wigan’s 28-goal hotshot doesn’t even mind that the Twitter account for the chant has thousands more followers than his own.

“It’s one of those things,” he smiled. “As soon as fans catch on to a song like that it’s brilliant.

“I’m not too fussed about how many more followers it’s got more than me. It’s all good.

“Fame isn’t something that affects me. It’s nice to have the song, but football is the priority.

“The song wouldn’t have come if I wasn’t ‘on fire’ at Wigan, so it goes hand in hand.

“The song is irrelevant if I stop scoring goals.”

Grigg couldn’t be in better shape heading into the Euros, having netted 20 goals from his last 21 games for Latics as they secured the League One title.

He then took that form on to the international stage, when he repaid the faith shown him by boss Michael O’Neill - the ex-Wigan midfielder - by scoring his maiden goal for Northern Ireland off the bench in the recent friendly win over Belarus.

“That was massive,” he added. “I’ve been a bit-part 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 myself.

“As I was coming on to the pitch, Michael said there was so much positivity about myself at the moment, and to prove that I’m worth it.

“I felt that I did that, and I’m happy to be here, to be a part of it.

“I’m in the best form of my life. If I’m called upon, I’m ready for it.”