Shirt swaps between footballers are a common occurrence and after Australia’s opening World Cup game loss to France in Qatar, Jason Cummings was keen to do a shirt trade with Olivier Giroud.
However, it was revealed last week that the Frenchman stiffed the Australian forward, claiming he did not speak English when Cummings asked him for his shirt.
Around the Giroud situation, Cummings claimed: “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?
“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!”
But now, Giroud has seemed to clear the air around the allegations, tweeting a picture of Cummings’ teammate Jackson Irvine’s shirt with the caption “Hi @jacksonirvine, how’s my English mate?”
— Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) December 22, 2022
Cummings clearly wasn’t fast enough with his shirt requests and was seemingly out of luck in his hunt for a memorable souvenir, with his attempts to do an exchange with Kylian Mbappe ending in the same result.
Giroud went on to become the joint-second top goalscorer alongside Julian Alvarez with four goals at the tournament, so Cummings will feel he has missed a great opportunity that is unlikely to befall him again.