'InSane' move? Germany drops Leroy from World Cup squad

'InSane' move? Germany drops Leroy from World Cup squad

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has expressed his disappointment at missing out on Germany's World Cup squad but vowed to "give it my all to bounce back stronger".

Asked about Sane's omission, Loew said: "It was a very tight decision between him and Julian Brandt (of Bayer Leverkusen) which went in favour of Brandt".

The Manchester City midfielder, goalkeeper Bernd Leno, forward Nils Petersen and defender Jonathan Tah were the four players that failed to make the cut from Loew's provisional list.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed an emphatic season under Pep Guardiola and won the PFA young player of the year award but Joachim Low has deemed him surplus to requirements as Germany prepare to defend their title.

So, is Low's decision justified?

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Sane was in fine form last season

The City man registered 10 goals and 15 assists in 32 league matches, meaning he was involved in more than twice as many goals as Brandt, who managed nine goals and three assists in two games more.

Brandt appears to be the man preferred to Sane while Julian Draxler and Marco Reus have also been selected as wide options. He has also created little more than one chance per 90 minutes on average. "But he's not really arrived yet in his games for the national team".

Speaking on Monday, Low underlined the importance of multi-functional players in a squad for a major tournament.

Midfielders and strikers: Sami Khedira (Juventus), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Thomas Muller, Sebastian Rudy (both Bayern Munich ), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City) and Mario Gomez (Stuttgart).

Leroy Sane, the most talented dribbler Germany has recently produced, won't be on display at Russian Federation 2018.

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