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Germany national team coach Joachim Low has named Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger for his national team squad for their upcoming international games.
Low has been named for Wednesday’s friendly clash with Turkey before the Germans return to UEFA Nations League action with matches against Ukraine and Switzerland.
It’s clear that Low still rates Rudiger very highly and has even said that he’s among the best in the world.
Since signing up for Chelsea in 2017, Rudiger has been one of Chelsea’s best defenders but hasn’t seen playing time under current boss Frank Lampard.
The Germany international hasn’t played this season, and wasn’t even in match day squads for most of the team’s games this season. Rudiger also didn’t seem to have an assured place in the Chelsea team last season.
However, Rudiger has maintained his form with the German national team, and Low’s recent statement showed that the central defender is still in his plans.
It’s not normal for a player to be named in a squad when he isn’t seeing games, and Low believes that Rudiger can even perform without games for Chelsea for the time being.
He hailed the Chelsea centre-back, saying: “His development over the past four or five years has been great.
“He has established himself as a top international player. In terms of athleticism, dynamism and tough duels, he maintains his top level for a few weeks even without match practice.”
What do you think about the difference in opinions between Frank Lampard and Joachim Low?