Germany releases 23-man squad, drops Leroy Sane, others [Full 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.

The Manchester City winger was one of four names to be cut from the provisional group, along with Bernd Leno, Jonathan Tah and Nils Petersen.

This 'ere be German World Cup squad in full... In his 12 appearances - six of them starts - he has yet to score for Germany and has made only one "assists".

Sane has struggled to reproduce his club form on the global stage.

It is Sane's omission which is seen as most shocking, after a standout season with Pep Guardiola's runaway Premier League winners.

"It was a very close decision". "Draxler Reus and Müller are set".

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"Leroy has a huge amount of talent and he will be back in again because from September we will re-double our work with him", Loew said.

Sane's decision did not go down well with Low, given it was a chance to stake his claim.

Low explained it was a "very close decision" between Sane and Bayer Leverkusen's Julian Brant, who ultimately got the nod, adding that Sane, "has not arrived in global matches yet". "But in his games with the national team he hasn't quite done the business". He was also shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

On the plus side for Walker though, Sane's exclusion means that if England do end up facing Germany, he'll be spared facing that terror this summer.

To Belgium next, and the biggest story from the squad is that Michy Batshuayi has been proclaimed fit to make the final 23.

  • Lawrence Cooper