Saturday 23 March 2019

Sane snub by German boss Low

Manchester City's Leroy Sane. Pic: Reuters
Manchester City's Leroy Sane. Pic: Reuters

Manchester City's Leroy Sane has been omitted from Germany's World Cup squad.

The 22-year-old was named the PFA young player of the season after a superb campaign in which his contributions to City winning the Premier League title were significant, but it has not been enough for him to travel to Russia.

He was included in manager Joachim Low's initial 27-strong provisional squad but it was unexpectedly announced on Monday morning that he had been cut alongside Bernd Leno and Jonathan Tah of Bayer Leverkusen, and Freiburg's Nils Petersen.

Sane's omission also comes despite 14 goals during the past season and is proving even more of a shock amid the inclusions of Marco Reus, who has long struggled with injuries that meant him missing the past World Cup and Euro 2016, and Leverkusen's Julian Brandt.

He had even played the opening 67 minutes of Saturday's 2-1 friendly defeat by Austria.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who on Saturday returned from nine months out injured, is therefore among those retained, as are Sane's fellow Premier League representatives Antonio Rudiger, Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil.

That the 32-year-old Neuer has been included means he is expected to remain as captain, and first-choice goalkeeper, ahead of Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

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