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‘Pretended he never spoke English!’ - Mbappe & Giroud brutally snubbed shirt swap requests from Australia star Cummings

  • Socceroos faced France in World Cup opener
  • Scottish-born striker wanted prized memento
  • Was knocked back by two superstar forwards

WHAT HAPPENED? The Scottish-born striker, who now plies his trade in the A-League for the Central Coast Mariners and has two caps for the Socceroos to his name, stepped off the bench during a group stage opener against France at Qatar 2022. Cummings desperately wanted a memento to remind him of that outing, but two world champions snubbed his efforts to land a prized jersey.

WHAT THEY SAID: Cummings has told The Project: "After the France game, I actually tried to get Mbappe – forget Giroud, I went for the top boy Mbappe – and he told me to meet him in the changing rooms. So I went to the changing room and the kit man was there and I gave him my top and 10 minutes later he came out with my jersey and says: ‘Nah, absolutely not, [Mbappe] doesn’t want to swap’.

“So when I was walking back to my changing room and I’ve seen Giroud and I’m walking, as handsome as ever, and I asked him, ‘Giroud, please man, can I get your shirt man? I’m a big fan, can I get your shirt?’ And he just walked past me, pretended he never spoke English! And he’s been in the Premier League for 10 years! He just walked right past me!”

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THE BIGGER PICTURE: While Cummings was unable to take possession of a French shirt, Australia team-mate Cameron Devlin did land the jackpot when swapping jerseys with Lionel Messi at the end of the Argentine superstar’s 1,000th competitive appearance.


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WHAT NEXT? Australia bowed out of the 2022 World Cup at the hands of Argentina in the last-16, with the Albiceleste going on to claim the ultimate prize as they edged out France on penalties at the end of a thrilling final.