Former Nottingham Forest man Jason Cummings has been handed a World Cup lifeline after being called up by Australia.

The Socceroos have named the Central Coast striker in their squad for forthcoming games against New Zealand.

Australia will face France, Tunisia and Denmark in Qatar and Cummings will now hope to force his way into the squad.

We can hear you at the back. Hasn’t Cummings already represented Scotland at international level?

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Well, yes he has but as both of his caps came in friendlies, the 27-year-old is still eligible to play for another country. See also, Declan Rice.

Cummings looks to have finally settled down under.

After a mediocre spell at Forest which saw him score four times in 17 appearances, he played for Luton, Peterborough, Shrewsbury and Dundee with limited success.

Last season he was outstanding for Central Coast. The charismatic player bagged 10 goals and also threw in six assists for good measure.

Now, he will hope to make an impact in the upcoming fixtures as he bids to prove his doubters wrong and claim a place at the World Cup.

Two of Cummings’ goals for Forest came during a 3-2 win over Newcastle in the League Cup and that night he was brilliant.

His flashes of brilliance were all too infrequent, however, and once Mark Warburton left he was always facing a fight for a shirt.

Cummings handed World Cup lifeline

Seeing the striker strut his stuff at the World Cup could be a lot of fun.

Cummings is a likeable character and it would appear that he’s now matured over in Australia with his football taking centre stage.

Cummings World Cup lifeline
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The striker will face competition for a place at the World Cup.

Matthew Leckie is the main in attack, with Jamie Maclaren also vying for a place.

Cummings has never backed down from a challenge though and the former Reds striker could be a surprise name heading to the greatest show this winter.

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