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27th Jun 2016

Will Grigg breaks his silence after his spark was never lit during Euro 2016


Darragh Murphy

Among the greatest disappointments at Euro 2016 thus far are Austria, Robert Lewandowski and the fact that Will Grigg didn’t play a second.

Many questioned whether or not the now-famous “Will Grigg’s On Fire” was actually based on a fictional character as the Northern Ireland cult hero failed to make a single appearance in their four games at Euro 2016.

And, after Northern Ireland’s tournament came to an end against Wales in the round of 16, Grigg revealed he has been left disappointed by the lack of game time afforded to him by manager Michael O’Neill in France.

Will Grigg 8/6/2016

“I’m a footballer and the whole point of being here was to play football,” Grigg said in quotes appearing in the Daily Record. “To not get on the pitch has been a disappointment but to hear the support I’ve been getting from the fans has been fantastic.”

Grigg’s song has been embraced by supporters of all countries at the European Championships but the Wigan striker has admitted that he’s “getting a bit tired of it now.”

The chant, sung to the tune of Gala’s Freed from Desire, has stretched far and wide to the point that Eric Cantona even gave a rousing rendition of it at the weekend.

“I saw the video that Cantona posted on line because I was being bombarded by tweets and messages from friends about it,” Grigg continued. “Yes, everyone found it very funny.

“It’s incredible how the song has caught on and how many people know my name because of it but I try to stay away from it. I certainly haven’t been singing it myself because I find it all a bit awkward.”


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