Olivier Giroud has responded to a claim that he blanked Australia’s Jason Cummings and his request for a shirt swap by pretending not to converse English.
France beat Australia 4-1 of their opening encounter, with Giroud scoring twice within the victory.
Socceroos midfielder Cummings, who grew up in Scotland and switched allegiances to his mom’s nation of delivery earlier this 12 months, got here on as an alternative within the sport.
Afterwards Cummings revealed that he first tried to swap shirts with France famous person Kylian Mbappe, however he was rejected by France’s equipment supervisor at the dressing room door.
“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,” Cummings advised Australia’s Channel 10. “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’.”
He then noticed Giroud and claims he requested to swap shirts with the previous Arsenal and Chelsea striker as an alternative, however says he was ignored. “When I was walking back to my changing room, I’ve seen Giroud, 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.”
On Thursday Giroud – who had not posted on social media since being substituted within the first half of the World Cup remaining – tweeted an image exhibiting he did have an Australian shirt, nevertheless it was not from Cummings. Instead he had swapped with one other Socceroos participant, Jackson Irvine, and it appeared the veteran Frenchman was jokingly taunting Cummings with the proof.
“Hi @jacksonirvine_ ,” Giroud tweeted. “How is my English mate?,” together with a number of laughing emojis and a coronary heart between the 2 nations’ flags.
In the top, Cummings had to accept the shirt of Barcelona defender Jules Koundé.