Leroy Sane's absence from Germany's 2018 World Cup squad explained

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Sane has been dropped from the Germany World Cup 2018 squad in Russian Federation by Low.

He only has 12 caps to his name, just six of those have been starts, and he is yet to score for his country but you can not say that he has not been given a fair chance to prove himself; four of his six starts have come in his last six outings.

Explaining his decision of not choosing Leroy Sane, Joachim Low said, he had a huge decision to make between the Manchester City winger and Julian Brandt, and after much of analysis, he went with the latter. Draxler, Reus and Muller are set. He will be back again from September.

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 worldwide matches yet". "If it was a 100 metre race, it would have been a photo finish".

But when Germany announced the final squad tasked with defending the World Cup, the 22-year-old's name was mysteriously missing from the list. Even the hardest of City fans won't argue that Sane is better than Marco Reus.

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So which players have made it into their squad?

Sane's talent is obvious but he hasn't adapted well to Low's system in his 12 appearances for Die Mannschaft.

By contrast, Brandt has a slight edge in chances created, has two assists and one solitary strike to his name in his seven starts (15 appearances overall) for the national team.

Many would argue Sane actually had a better and more consistent season than team-mate and wing-twin Raheem Sterling who is one of England's big hopes for Russian Federation.

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