Manchester City forward Leroy Sane has been left out of the Germany squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The defending champions confirmed their 23-man squad for the tournament on Monday, with the winger a surprise omission:
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 4, 2018
Having missed the last two major tournaments due to injury, Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus is in. Additionally, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is also included despite sitting out the majority of the 2017-18 season.
As well as Sane, Bernd Leno, Jonathan Tah and Nils Petersen were cut from the 27-man group originally selected by Joachim Low.
While Germany’s squad remains formidable, the decision to drop Sane represents a bombshell after his incredible season for City. Low explained his thinking behind leaving the 22-year-old at home.
“That was a very close decision between him and Brandt, which was made in favour of Brandt,” he said, per Jacob Murtagh of the Daily Mirror. “[Julian] Draxler, Reus and [Thomas] Muller are set. Leroy has a huge talent. He will be back again from September. He had not arrived in international matches yet.
The youngster was scintillating in 2017-18 from the left flank, tearing around the outside of full-backs with his blistering pace and getting into the box to finish off chances.