Garth Crooks included Antonio Rudiger in his BBC Team of the Week for his display in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Sunday.
“He made a fabulous tackle in the first half which set the tone for his entire contribution to the match,” said the former Tottenham Hotspur striker.
“Rudiger loves a battle and the fixtures against Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are made for the likes of him.
“There are times, of course, when Rudiger is actually looking for confrontations even when they aren’t there – in which case he will create his own.
“He’s not averse to scoring the odd goal every now and then either, provided it’s on his head and he’s attacking the opposition’s goal.
“He was presented with a glorious chance during the closing minutes of the game against Manchester United and blasted the ball high, wide and handsome.
“Virgil van Dijk had a similar chance against Southampton and buried it. Two world-class defenders and both make my team of the week.”