Manchester City’s attacking midfielder, Leroy Sane, was earlier today, left out from Joachim Low’s final Germany squad for the FIFA World Cup finals, as goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was named among the 23 players heading to Russia for the defending champions.
The talented 22-year-old Sane was the highest-profile player excluded, as well as goalkeeper Bernd Leno, forward Nils Petersen and defender Jonathan Tah, who were the four players that failed to make the cut from Loew’s provisional list.
Sane, who joined the English champions in 2016, had been a surprise addition to Germany’s Euro 2016 squad two years ago but this time he was overlooked by Low, who opted to take the more physical Julian Brandt to Russia instead.
While speaking on the reason why he left Sane, German coach, Low said, “It was a very tight decision between him and Julian Brandt which went in favor of Brandt.
“There are better days in the life of a national team coach, when you have to send four amazing players, who deserve to be at the World Cup, home.
“It’s like being at the airport check-in counter en route to Moscow and you are not allowed to board the plane.”
Low announced his squad at the end of a training camp at the Italian Alps on Monday. The Germans play their last warm-up game against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen on Friday before the start of the tournament on June 14.
Germany are in Group F along with Sweden, Mexico and South Korea.
Their 23-man squad are:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St Germain).
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Ruediger (Chelsea), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich).
Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal).
Forwards: Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 4, 2018
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