Joachim Löw Explains Reasoning Behind Leroy Sané Omission

Joachim Löw Explains Reasoning Behind Leroy Sané Omission
Jun 4, 2018

Germany International News

Joachim Löw named his 23-man squad for this month’s FIFA World Cup on Monday morning and Leroy Sané’s shock omission took many football fans by surprise.

The PFA Young Player of the Year scored ten goals and recorded 15 assists in a record-breaking Premier League Manchester City side this season, but this wasn’t enough to convince Löw that he should be on the plane to Russia.

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The Germany boss believes Sané was fighting it out for a spot with Julian Brandt, with the Bayer Leverkusen winger coming out on top. When quizzed on the decision not to include Sané, the 58-year-old said: “It was a very close decision between him and Julian Brandt, which was made in favour of Brandt. [Julian] Draxler, [Marco] Reus and [Thomas] Müller are set.

“Leroy is a huge talent. He will be back again from September. He had not arrived in international matches yet. It was a very close decision. If it was a 100-metre race, it would have been a photo finish.”

“There are certainly easier days in the life of a national team head coach than the day where I have to send four payers home. These are four players who had merited their place in the provisional squad through their performances. I spoke to the four players and the disappointment was huge, as you would expect.”

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