Manchester City forward Leroy Sane has been left out of the Germany squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The defending champions confirmed their 23-man squad for the tournament on Monday, with the winger a surprise omission:
Having missed the last two major tournaments due to injury, Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus is in. Additionally, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is also included despite sitting out the majority of the 2017-18 season.nike nfl jerseys cheap
As well as Sane, Bernd Leno, Jonathan Tah and Nils Petersen were cut from the 27-man group originally selected by Joachim Low.
While Germany’s squad remains formidable, the decision to drop Sane represents a bombshell after his incredible season for City. Low explained his thinking behind leaving the 22-year-old at home.
“That was a very close decision between him and Brandt, which was made in favour of Brandt,” he said, per Jacob Murtagh of the Daily Mirror. “[Julian] Draxler, Reus and [Thomas] Muller are set. Leroy has a huge talent. He will be back again from September. He had not arrived in international matches yet.”
The youngster was scintillating in 2017-18 from the left flank, tearing around the outside of full-backs with his blistering pace and getting into the box to finish off chances.
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Germany still have class in abundance in the final third, though, with Timo Werner a live wire at the top end of the pitch. Even without Sane, they are stacked in wide areas.
Thomas Muller has been effective playing from the right side for Germany, while Julian Draxler, Julian Brandt and Reus are capable of operating on the left.
Football writer Jonathan Harding said Sane’s absence is not a huge surprise with that in mind:cheap nfl jerseys nike
The quality is there for Germany to win the competition nonetheless, as they’ve built well in the four years since their triumph in Brazil.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen will likely start between the sticks after Neuer’s fitness woes, while Joshua Kimmich has shown he can be nike nfl jerseys for cheap a fine replacement for Philipp Lahm for both club and country.