Manchester City forward Leroy Sane has been dropped from Germany’s 23-man squad for the World Cup, announced by manager Joachim Low on Monday.
Sane who was surprise omission was expected to make the squad after an exciting season with the Premier League Champions.
The Premier League Young Player of the Year was dropped for Leverkusen forward Julian Brandt.
“We have good players on the wing in Thomas Muller and Marco Reus. Julian Draxler played a good Confederation Cup, and made progress there,” Low said. “It was a tight race between Leroy Sane and Julian Brandt. Both have big qualities, both are good in the one-on-one duels.
“Julian Brandt was at the Confed Cup, had some strong games there, and put in good shifts in the training camp too. Leroy Sane is a huge talent, no doubt, and he will be back with the team in September.”
Sane has so far won 12 caps for Germany, but he has yet to find the back of the net for his national team. He has also only set up one goal. And Low said: “Maybe he has not fully arrived in the national team games. Maybe that tipped the balance.