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.