Germany announced their 23-man sauad for the upcoming World Cup and it comes as a huge surprise that Manchester City winger, Leroy Sane is not part of the squad.
On the other hand, Bayern Munich goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer who made a comeback to the national squad in the match against Austria finds himself in the squad and also may become a first preference goalkeeper even with Marc-Andre ter Stegen doing a fine job in his absence.
Mesut Ozil also found his rightful place in the squad.
As reported by The Sun, Sane’s behaviour around the German camp in recent weeks was the decisive factor. It is claimed a number of German players were not happy with Sane’s ‘big-time attitude’ and would have been upset if he had made the squad.
Germany national coach, Joachim Löw suggested Sane was left out because Julian Brandt had impressed him just a tiny bit more in the build-up to the World Cup.
“That was a very close decision between him and Julian Brandt”, Löw said.
He added, “Leroy is a huge talent and it was a very close decision. If it was a 100 metre race, it would have been a photo finish. There are certainly easier days in the life of a national team head coach than they day where I have to send four players home.”
Germany’s 23-man squad
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St-Germain)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich)
Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St-Germain), Leon Goretska (Schalke), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich)
Strikers: Mario Gomez (Stuttgart), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)