Cummings ‘buzzes’ after goal on Australian debut

In typical charismatic fashion, Jason Cummings gave a post-match interview for the ages after his Subway Socceroos debut at Eden Park on Sunday.

The Scottish-born 27-year-old was called up for September’s two friendlies against New Zealand in Brisbane and Auckland.

Cummings did not play at Suncorp Stadium last Thursday but made his much-anticipated 63rd-minute debut for his adopted country, marking his first appearance with a goal.

“Absolutely, I was buzzing, you know,” Cummings told Network 10 after the game as an inspired second-half outing produced a 2-0 win.

“I was just chomping at the bit trying to get over the camp. It was a good camp, the boys were different classes and I just wanted to get on the pitch so I had a good 30 minutes.

“And you know, the ball fell on me, and I caught it good and he was going and the boy handballed him, and so I was furious.

“He gave away the penalty and thought I’d better step in and finish my dinner, so it was buzzing.”

The Central Coast Mariners striker thanked his team-mates for allowing him to take the spot-kick after his goal-bound attempt was blocked by defender Liberato Cacace’s arm following a scramble on goal.

The referee had no choice but to award a penalty and Cummings duly agreed, confidently dispatching from 12 yards to double the visitors’ advantage.

“Fair play to the guys and Riley (McGree), they asked me if I wanted to take it and I said sure,” he said.

“It’s a striker’s dream, it’s my dream to step in and take a penalty, put it in the back of the net, no problem.”

Jason Cummings and Mathew Leckie

Cummings was one of six Australians to make their senior international debuts and admitted it would be a “dream” to play in the 26-man FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 final. crew.

“Of course it’s everybody’s dream, it’s my dream,” he explained.

“And all I have to do now is go back to the Mariners and work hard there and do well and score goals and you never know.”


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