Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Leroy Sané left out of Germany's World Cup squad

Leroy Sané left out of Germany's World Cup squad

However, despite his talent, Sane was not included in Low's Germany 23-man squad travelling to Russian Federation this month to compete in the World Cup.

While most of Twitter have grabbed their pitchforks and are out to get Low's head for dropping Leroy Sane from the squad (along with Bernd Leno, Nils Petersen, and Jonathan Tah), the move from the coach of the defending champions actually makes sense.

Producing such impressive form in one of the world's best attacking outfits would typically warrant a place in your national side's starting XI, let alone the squad. Should they be victorious, Joachim Low's team would become the first since Brazil in 1962 to successfully retain the World Cup, and only the third in history after Italy also managed it in 1938.

The 6ft 1in winger made his debut for Germany in 2016 and has picked up 15 caps, scoring one goal, which came against San Marino in 2017.

In fact, Sane directly contributed to more goals than any other German player in Europe's top-five leagues in the past season.

"It was a very tight decision between him and Julian Brandt which went in favour of Brandt", Loew said.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see the four players cut from Germany's provisional squad by Low. Draxler, Reus and Muller are set.

"Leroy is a huge talent". Broadly, Sane's duties with the national team would be more akin to what Silva provides for City, and how he plays out wide for Spain.

Given Sane has played in six of Germany's last seven games, it is also fair to say he has been given enough chances to stake a claim.

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

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