An Australia international has revealed how he found out that France superstar Kylian Mbappe rejected the opportunity to swap shirts with him following their 2022 FIFA World Cup encounter earlier this week.
After taking an early lead against Les Bleus in their Group D encounter on Tuesday through Craig Goodwin, the Socceroos eventually succumbed to France's quality, letting in four goals before the final whistle.
Mbappe was among the goalscorers on the night, along with Olivier Giroud and Adrien Rabiot, as the world champions proved too strong for the Australian defence.
Speaking after the game, Central Coast Mariners forward Jason Cummings admitted to trying to take Mbappe's shirt home with him, but revealed that his offer was declined by the 23-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker.
"After the game, I was disappointed with the result so I kind of missed my boat a wee bit and then I asked Mbappe, I went to the main man," he said, according to the Daily Record.
"I asked him and he said, 'I'll see you in the changing room', so I was buzzing. So we went to the changing room, I was with Cammy [Devlin] and I think the kitman came out and he was like, 'give me your shirts and I'll go and get Mbappe's' and whatever.
"I gave him mine, we're standing there, tops off. Ten minutes later he came back with both the Socceroos kits and he just gave me my top back and he said, 'nah, he doesn't want to swap'. He probably took a look at mine and thought, 'I'll just leave it'.
"On my way out, I was walking back, going back to the changing room and I walked past [Jules] Kounde, and I was like, 'Kounde, can I get your shirt?'
"I took that, just for a little memory. The Mbappe one would have been good. I probably would have sold it anyway."
Mbappe was named Man of the Match for France in their thrashing of Australia.
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