“Rudiger is not smart. He makes poor decisions that puts his teammates in trouble”

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Ahead of Germany’s victory over Portugal on Saturday, former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieria claimed Germany will struggle to meet expectations at Euro 2020 if Joachim Low continues to pick both Mats Hummels and Antonio Rudiger at the heart of his defence.

Vieria said: “You need two around him to give him more protection but I don’t know if Rudiger is the type of player that you can count on him, he’s not the smartest one.

“Sometimes he makes a poor decision that gives his teammates a big big problems.

“We saw the goals that Germany concede against France he can do silly things the bite on Pogba he’s somebody that can lose his head in any moment during a game.

“I think Hummels is not the quickest one but he’s really smart and uses his brain to try to defend well but it’s going to be tough at this level for him.”

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