Manchester City fans have been left stunned by the news that Leroy Sane has missed out on a place at the World Cup.
Sane was not named in Joachim Low’s final 23-man squad for this summer’s tournament in Russia, being one of four to be dropped from the defending champion’s provisional squad.
Bayer Leverkusen pair Bernd Leno and Jonathan Tah, as well as Freiburg striker Nils Petersen were also dropped alongside Sane.
Manuel Neuer, who returned to action only last week after nine months out, was included, as was Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus, who too spent much of the season out injured.
Sane’s omission comes a huge shock for not Manchester City fans.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a fine season for City, scoring 14 goals and assisting 19 in all competitions as City romped to the Premier League title.
Sane was also named as the PFA’s Young Player of the Year.
Low said it was a “very close decision” between Sane and Julian Brandt, who scored 12 goals and made seven assists for fifth-placed Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen this year.
Is it a credit to the strength of Germany’s squad that they can leave the likes of Sane out? Or simply a blunder by Joachim Low? Manchester City fans seem to think it’s the latter …
Being told Leroy Sane isn’t as effective as some of those included in the Germany squad…
– 8 Goals
– 3 Assists
– 33 Successful Take-Ons
– 14 Goals
– 17 Assists
– 112 Successful Take-Ons pic.twitter.com/WlOyYkrodb
— • (@Beardamendi) June 4, 2018
Ehhh no sane in the Germany squad that’s inSANE
— Monas (@lukemonaghaan) June 4, 2018
— Dugout (@Dugout) June 4, 2018
So, just read that Leroy Sane did not make the German World Cup Team.
If Leroy Sane isn't good enough for Germany's World Cup squad, then just give Germany the trophy now.
— Kelvin Uwale Okoro (@blackspiff) June 4, 2018
Leroy Sane looking at the official Germany 23 man squad for the World Cup and can't see his name ?? pic.twitter.com/3mnK8khCBF
— Marlon (@_Marlon___) June 4, 2018
Sané not going to Germany for whatever reason. Kid’s inferior to only a few wingers, but none of them play for Germany. Horrible decision.
— Xav Salazar (@XavsFutbol) June 4, 2018
Germany is not going to win the World Cup!
How the hell do you leave out Leroy Sané out of the final squad? How?
This Fast Boy!!
EPL young player of the season!!!!
This is InSané pic.twitter.com/TN3AabNbug
— 31st October (@AndImLee) June 4, 2018
Sane is arguably Germany's most inform player. Arguably the best season amongst all German players bar maybe Kimmich? A potential match winner. True outlet.
— Micah Fanimo ⚽️ (@MixahFanimo) June 4, 2018