Sane out of Germany's World Cup squad

The main point of contention was that Leroy Sane - a man who has been in eye-wateringly good form for Manchester City over the past nine months - was omitted from the squad heading to Russian Federation.

The 22-year-old winger enjoyed a brilliant season at Manchester City, earning PFA Young Player of the Year honours, but he won't be present in Russian Federation.

However, despite his talent, Sane was not included in Low's Germany 23-man squad travelling to Russian Federation this month to compete in the World Cup.

Sane, Bayer Leverkusen pair Bernd Leno and Jonathan Tah and Freiburg striker Nils Petersen were all dropped as Joachim Low cut the defending champions' 27-man provisional squad.

Sane's City teammate, Ilkay Gundogan was, however, included in the team as well as regulars like Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira and Jerome Boateng.

And Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been given the number one jersey, despite not having played since September due to injury. Draxler, Reus and Muller are set.

"Leroy is a huge talent. He will be back again from Sept", Low said.

"It was a very close decision".

"He has not arrived in worldwide matches yet".

Sane's omission from the German squad shocked many football pundits and fans.

'It's as if you are stood at the check in desk for your flight to Moscow, but are then prevented from boarding'.

Germany, the reigning champions, are in World Cup group F, along with Mexico, Sweden and the Korea Republic.

  • Stacy Allen