Leroy Sane was reportedly excluded from Germany’s squad for the 2018 World Cup after Joachim Low grew increasingly concerned with his attitude.
The 22-year-old winger whose brilliant Manchester City campaign was named the PFA Young Player of the Year. But scoring 14 goals and providing another 17 assists in all competitions was not enough to secure him a place in Germany’s squad.
According to The Sun, Sane’s behaviour around the German camp in recent weeks was the decisive factor.
It is claimed a number of German players were ‘stunned’ by Sane’s ‘big-time attitude’ and would have been upset if he had made the squad. Sane, who joined City from Schalke in 2016, struggled to make an impact in Germany’s friendly defeat to Austria.
He will now spend his summer at home and at Manchester City, preparing for the 2018-19 season.
Germany boss Low suggested Sane was left out because Julian Brandt had impressed him in the build-up to the World Cup. He said: ‘That was a very close decision between him and Julian Brandt, which was made in favour of Brandt. Draxler, Reus and Muller 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.’
Low added: ‘There are certainly easier days in the life of a national team head coach than they 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.’