Germany will enter the 2018 World Cup as one of the favourites - and it’s easy to see why.
Joachim Low’s team are the defending champions and he has a plethora of talented names to select in his 23-man squad.
Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil and Timo Werner are just some of the names available.
It was always going to be difficult for the Germany coach to cut his team down to the required number of 23 players and he sprung a major surprise when the squad that will travel to Russia was announced on Monday morning.
Nowhere to be seen was Leroy Sane.
Sane, 22, has enjoyed a wonderful season at Manchester City, scoring 14 goals and providing 17 assists.
It was no surprise when he claimed the PFA’s Young Player of the Year award.
Coach analyses Sane's exclusion
Yet Low hasn’t found room for Sane in his World Cup squad.
The announcement stunned football fans but Max Bergmann, a football coach who analyses the game on Twitter, posted a series of tweets that highlight Sane’s struggles for Germany.
Sane plays in a more central role for Die Mannschaft, which doesn’t suit his strengths. Check out Bergmann’s thread below.
Very interesting stuff. This clip of Sane sums it up.
Indeed, Sane hasn’t scored and has provided just one assist in 12 appearances for Germany.
It’s a huge disappointment for Sane, who probably felt that he had done enough this season to warrant a place in Germany’s team.
But it goes to show the remarkable depth of Low’s squad, in every position.
Two of his goalkeepers - Neuer and Marc-Andre ter Stegen - are the respective No.1’s at Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
In defence he has the luxury of being able to partner Hummels with his Bayern teammate Jerome Boateng.
Kroos and Ozil are among the finest midfielders in the world and Thomas Muller’s record in World Cups is superb.
Sane would have been a certainty in every other nation’s squad.
But with Germany, the competition for places is like no other.News Now - Sport News