Leroy Sane's Omission From Germany's 23-Man World Cup Has Been Explained
It is arguably the most shocking exclusion from a World Cup squad in recent years. Joachim Low has opted to leave PFA Young Player of the Year winner Leroy Sane out of his 23-man squad.
Sane, who has enjoyed a prolific season for Manchester City under Pep Guardiola, was a strong favourite to be included in the Germany squad.
But it seems he has been beaten to the post by Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt.
Germany's 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup has been announced:
:x: Leroy Sané
:white_check_mark: Julian Brandt pic.twitter.com/IqgxwnwYaN
- WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 4, 2018
Shortly after the team was announced, Joachim Low explained the reason behind his controversial decision:
"That was a very close decision between him and Julian Brandt, which was made in favor of Brandt, Draxler Reus and Müller are set. Leroy has a huge talent.
"He will be back again from September. He had not arrived in international matches yet."
He might have bagged 14 times for the Premier League champions, but he still didn't do enough for a place in Russia. Here's how Twitter reacted to the news:
Leroy Sané will not be going to Russia for the World Cup. pic.twitter.com/X9BJ3zPB83
- ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 4, 2018
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5 - In the 2017-18 Premier League, Leroy Sane was one of only five players to reach both 10+ goals and 10+ assists, doing so in fewer appearances and minutes played than any other player to achieve the feat. Omission. pic.twitter.com/r3CGGfVqv4
- OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 4, 2018
Can't believe there is any country at the World Cup that could afford to leave Leroy Sane out. Germany included
- James Robson (@JamesRobsonMEN) June 4, 2018
Imagine being able to leave Leroy Sané out of your World Cup squad...
- Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) June 4, 2018
Leroy Sane didn't make the Germany squad? pic.twitter.com/hfUnKrxLsM
- Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) June 4, 2018
Julian Brandt: 12 goals 3 assists this season
Leroy Sane: 14 goals 17 assists #mcfc pic.twitter.com/bpVJocPGYW
- Rich (@RichFay) June 4, 2018
Leroy Sane is not going to the World Cup with Germany...
Danny Welbeck is going to the World Cup with England...
I need to get off this ride. #Speechless
- James Hocking:copyright: (@JimmyHock22) June 4, 2018
Players left out of their country's World Cup squad: #WorldCup2018
Alvaro Morata pic.twitter.com/1dz7gEB1TM
- Kolasnator (@Kolasnator) June 4, 2018
Let us know your thoughts on Sane's omission from the Germany squad in the comments.
It has certainly caused a huge amount of debate.