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Sane exclusion puts Low under massive pressure - Ballack

Leroy Sane has been omitted from Germany's World Cup squad Leroy Sane has been omitted from Germany's World Cup squad
Cassandra Gardner | 05 June, 2018, 17:03

Freiburg's Nils Petersen and Bayer Leverkusen duo Bernd Leno and Jonathan Tah also miss out.

The decision is a shock after Sane's excellent season, with the 22-year-old being named the Premier League's young player of the year.

So, is Low's decision justified?

Despite Sane's fine performances this season, Low has instead favoured Bayern Leverkusen's winger Julien Brandt.

Thoughts on Sane's omission from the squad?

The Man City man scored 13 goals in all competitions and provided 17 assists, but his struggles for Germany have been well documented.

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His failure to reproduce his club form for his country, most recently in Germany's 2-1 defeat to Austria on Saturday, also counted against him.

He might have shone at club level, but Low's view that Sane has yet to make a real impact on the worldwide stage is not without merit.

He has found it hard adapting to Low's system, where he has been deployed in a central role, and the Germany coach can rely on Brandt more in defensive situations too. "But in his games with the national team he hasn't quite done the business".

Click through the mini-gallery above to see the four players cut from Germany's provisional squad by Low. For instance, his final 23 contains only two out-and-out strikers: Mario Gomez and Timo Werner.

"There are better days in the life of a national team coach, when you have to send four wonderful players, who deserve to be at the World Cup, home".

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