Socceroos striker Jason Cummings has opened up on a brutal series of snubs he suffered at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The Scottish-born Aussie came off the bench in the team’s first match of the tournament against reigning champions France.
Cummings wasn’t able to find the back of the net as Les Bleus claimed a dominant 4-1 win, but the forward’s night only just got worse from there.
As is tradition for some players, Cummings tried to swap shirts with two French stars after the match including Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.
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But the Aussie, also known as the Cumdog, was rejected in laughable fashion by both.
“After the France game, I actually tried to get Mbappe – forget about Giroud, I went for the top boy Mbappe – and he told me to meet him in the change rooms,” Cummings told The Project.
“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, he [Mbappe] doesn’t want to swap’.
“So when I was walking back to my changing room and I’ve seen Giroud, as handsome as ever, and I asked him, ‘Giroud, please man, can I get your shirt mate? 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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After losing to France in their opening match, the Socceroos would go on to claim consecutive 1-0 wins over Tunisia and Denmark which took them through to the Round of 16 for just the second time.
Australia would then push Argentina all the way in a 2-1 defeat with both of their losses in Qatar coming against the ultimate finalists.
“We were close to beating Argentina, it was close,” Cummings said.
“We had a few chances at the end, could have taken it to extra time, so technically we came second!”
Despite being knocked out by Argentina, Cummings was quick to offer Lionel Messi some friendly advice on Instagram prior to the final and joked he deserves some credit for his ultimate success.
“I think I deserve a lot of credit,” he said.
“He’s definitely checked his phone just before, saw the Cumdog pop up on his Instagram there, he checked that, and it just gave him that extra bit of motivation.”
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