Callum Wilson sends ‘trash talking’ Antonio Rudiger warning to Newcastle United teammates

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Callum Wilson and Michail Antonio agreed the Chelsea defender is a nightmare to play against

Newcastle United forwards will be heeding a warning message from forward Callum Wilson about Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

Eddie Howe's in-form Magpies side head to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, looking to extend their unbeaten run to nine games.

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Wilson won't feature in the fixture as he continues to battle with a calf injury.

However, the Newcastle talisman did have some words of caution about the Chelsea defence on this week's episode of The Footballer's Football Podcast, which he hosts alongside West Ham United's Michail Antonio.

The two forwards talked about one Blues defender in particular, the "trash talking" Antonio Rudiger.

Wilson has squared up to the physical centre-back before and remembered how difficult it was.

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He said: "He's one player who loves to wrestle with you and fight with you on the pitch.

"Then you think, 'oh, I've met my match here today'.

Callum Wilson battles with Antonio Rudiger (Image: Getty Images)Callum Wilson battles with Antonio Rudiger (Image: Getty Images)
Callum Wilson battles with Antonio Rudiger (Image: Getty Images) | Getty Images

"He'll give you one, then you'll give him one. He's a good player to have battles against."

Wilson went on to recall how much Rudiger would play mind games on the pitch.

He added: “He always talks on the pitch. He loves trash talking.

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"Everyone I’ve spoken to says he’s such a nice guy off the pitch… then on the pitch he’s someone who you hate – so annoying and frustrating. But that’s the sign of a top centre-half.”

Antonio agreed with Wilson's analysis of the defender, adding his own experiences.

Antonio has had his own experiences with the Chelsea man (Image: Getty Images)Antonio has had his own experiences with the Chelsea man (Image: Getty Images)
Antonio has had his own experiences with the Chelsea man (Image: Getty Images) | 2020 Pool

The Hammers' man said: “He’s my boy. Such a cool guy. He will literally talk to me during the game. He’ll go, ‘don’t try that, not with me’.

"I knocked it down the line for him, and man is quick, then I’ve gone to shoulder barge him. It was evens, no one lost. He was like, ‘not with me, not with me Mikey!’."

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On this week's show, the two strikers also mused about what they believed to be the biggest crime on the football pitch.

For Antonio, it was getting someone sent off.

Wilson went for a different aspect.

He said: "For me, you don't see much of it, in the English game at least, but it's probably spitting.

"If someone spits at me, my head is flying and I'll go mad.

"There'll be no let-up until we've come to a conclusion for the situation.

"If someone spits, even in any walk of life, it's disgusting and not acceptable.

"On a football pitch, on camera, in front of millions of people, it's a violation."

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