Mats Hummels is asked if Germany’s defence is terrified of Will Grigg

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‘Will Grigg’s on fire, your defence is terrified!’

Everyone knows the song; it’s been sung repeatedly across France at Euro 2016 - and not just by fans of Northern Ireland.

And when we say everyone, we mean exactly that.


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Mats Hummels, ahead of this evening’s Euro 2016 clash between Germany and Northern Ireland in Paris, admitted on Monday that he ‘really loves the song’.

Moreover, the Borussia Dortmund captain, who will complete his move to Bayern Munich next month, has revealed that he’ll be seeking to swap shirts with the Wigan Athletic striker - provided he gets there first ahead of his teammates.

Video: Mats Hummels on the Will Grigg song

Hummels: 'I really love this song'

"I really love this song. I would like to say yes [our defence is terrified] but I can't agree,” Hummels was quoted as saying by Sky Sports in Germany’s pre-match press conference.

"I heard about this phenomenon and all the actions. Even about the phone call at the fire department. I really like stories like these.

"I will ask him to exchange shirts with him but I think many of my colleagues will have the same idea. I hope he won't score against us but I am already a huge fan of him and his story."

Hummels expects tough match

Hummels admits he and his Germany teammates weren’t too familiar with Northern Ireland before Euro 2016, but he expects a tough match against Michael O’Neill’s side.

"We didn't know that much about Northern Ireland, which is not a big surprise,” the German centre-back added. “I don't think I've played them before, but British teams are often similar.

"We played Scotland and the Republic of Ireland in the qualifiers. We saw how strong these teams can be - mentally and physically strong, and passionate.

"We know they could get the confidence to beat us if we let them. We have to try to be the better team from the beginning so they don't start believing they can win it."

Both teams will be hungry to win

Both teams will be desperate to win this evening.

Germany should secure top spot in Group C with a win over Northern Ireland, who can virtually assure themselves a place in the knockout rounds by avoiding defeat at the Parc des Princes.

Little was expected of the British team before a ball was kicked this summer, but last week’s 2-0 victory over Ukraine showed O’Neill’s men should never be underestimated.

Will Northern Ireland avoid defeat against Germany tonight? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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