Antonio Rüdiger is a German professional footballer who plays as a defender for the Germany national team. Rüdiger was eligible to play for Germany and Sierra Leone, his mother’s homeland and was a member of the several German national youth football teams up to the Germany U21 team. He made his debut for the German national senior team on 13 May 2014 in a 0–0 draw against Poland. and his competitive debut for Germany on 11 October 2014 in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group D against the same opponent. Although he was initially included in his nation’s 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016, Rüdiger was later ruled out of the tournament due to injury, after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a training session on 7 June.
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On 19 August 2015, Serie A side Roma signed Rüdiger on loan from VfB Stuttgart for €4 million. The clubs agreed on an optional €9 million transfer fee at the end of the one-year contract. On 30 May 2016, Roma officially signed Rüdiger from VfB Stuttgart for €9 million + €0.5m bonuses on a four-year contract. With Roma A.S. Rudiger played a total of 56 games scoring two goals. On 9 July 2017, Rüdiger joined Chelsea from Roma for a reported initial fee of £29 million on a five-year deal. He will be wearing the number 2 shirt.