The 22-year-old Man City winger was a shock omission by Germany manager Joachim Löw during yesterday’s 23-man squad announcement.
Sane won the PFA Young Player of the Year award in his second campaign at the Etihad, helping Pep Guardiola’s side to the Premier League title, as well as the Carabao Cup.
“Thank you so much everyone for your encouraging messages yesterday and today,” he said on Tuesday.
“I’m obviously disappointed I won’t participate in the World Cup but I have to accept this decision and I’ll give it my all to bounce back stronger.
“Nothing but the best of success to the team in Russia. Go get that title!”
Sane scored 14 goals and provided 19 assists in all competitions last season, but has been overlooked by a German side which boasts a plethora of attacking talent.
— Leroy Sané (@LeroySane19) June 5, 2018
Manager Löw has named Marco Reus, Thomas Müller, Julian Brandt, Leon Goretzka, Timo Werner, Julian Draxler and Mario Gomez amongst his designated forwards for the competition.
Citing disappointing performances in the German shirt since making his international debut in 2015, the manager said Sane’s exclusion was a tough decision.
“That was a very close decision between him and Julian Brandt, which was made in favour of Brandt. Draxler, Reus and Müller are set. Leroy has a huge talent,” Löw said.
“He will be back again from September. He had not arrived in international matches yet.
“It was a very close decision. If it was a 100 metre race, it would have been a photo finish.”
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