Olivier Giroud's epic response to claims from Socceroos player Jason Cummings

French football superstar Olivier Giroud has responded to claims he snubbed Jason Cummings at the FIFA Word Cup in Qatar.

Olivier Giroud and Jason Cummings, pictured here at the World Cup.
Olivier Giroud has responded to claims from Jason Cummings that he snubbed him at the World Cup. Image: Getty

Olivier Giroud has responded in brilliant fashion to claims from Socceroos player Jason Cummings that he snubbed him at the World Cup. Speaking on The Project this week, Cummings claimed Giroud ignored him when he asked the French superstar to swap shirts after Australia's loss to France in Qatar.

"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 change rooms," Cummings said.

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"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 change 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."

It seems as though Giroud got wind of Cummings's claims and responded on Twitter on Thursday night. The French star posted a photo of Jackson Irvine's shirt, revealing he did swap shirts with one of the Socceroos players after all.

Giroud wrote: "Hi @jacksonirvine. How is my English mate?" Irvine then responded: "What a man. I can confirm we exchanged our hair care routines in perfect English."

The epic response from Irvine sent the football world into meltdown, with many believing Cummings had been left with egg on his face.

Socceroos up to World No.27 in FIFA rankings

Meanwhile, the Socceroos have reached their highest spot in the FIFA world rankings in more than a decade, finishing the year at World No.27. Australia were ranked 38th going into the World Cup in Qatar, but 1-0 wins over Tunisia and Denmark to progress to the round of 16 saw them climb 11 places.

Graham Arnold's side officially finished 11th at the World Cup - their highest ever position at the major tournament. Their fairytale run was eventually ended by Argentina, who went on to win the whole thing.

The Socceroos have now reached their highest ranking since March 2012 when they were 20th. It is their best position to end a calendar year since 2011 (23rd).

"It's obviously a reflection of what we've recently done (at the FIFA World Cup) and I guess a testament to another achievement by the team," captain Mat Ryan said. "We can be extremely proud of what we achieved. I don't think people in Australia quite grasp the scale of what we did in terms of the qualifying process (for the FIFA World Cup) and playing the opposition we did."

Jason Cummings, pictured here during the Socceroos' clash with France at the World Cup.
Jason Cummings looks on during the Socceroos' clash with France at the World Cup. (Photo by Tom Weller/picture alliance via Getty Images) (dpa/picture alliance via Getty I)

The Socceroos will remain the fourth-highest AFC nation behind Japan (20th), Iran (24th) and South Korea (25th). However they are well clear of fifth-ranked Saudi Arabia (48th).

Unfortunately for Argentina their World Cup triumph wasn't enough to see them take top spot off Brazil in the rankings. Lionel Messi's side moved up one place to second, while runners-up France also advanced one place to third.


1 - Brazil (1840.77 points)

2 - Argentina (1838.38)

3 - France (1823.39)

4 - Belgium (1781.30)

5 - England (1774.19)

6 - Netherlands (1740.92)

7 - Croatia (1727.62)

8 - Italy (1723.56)

9 - Portugal (1702.54)

10 - Spain (1692.71)

with AAP

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