Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Neuer in, Sane out for Germany's World Cup squad

Neuer in, Sane out for Germany's World Cup squad

Germany head coach Joachim Loew announced on Monday his final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, including Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer but opting not to use Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.

Sane scored 10 English Premier League goals and assisted on 15 this past season.

Germany manager Joachim Löw revealed his final squad that will be travelling to Russian Federation later this month to compete in the greatest tournament in world football.

If the dynamic 22-year-old winger, whose Manchester City exploits earned him 2017-18 PFA Young Player of the Year, was on the brink of bringing his outstanding club form to Die Mannschaft, Coach Joachim Loew didn't believe so.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer gets the nod despite his recent injury struggles, while Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus will get the chance to put his previous fitness issues behind him - with the 29-year-old having missed out on a successful World Cup campaign in 2014.

"There are better days in the life of a coach than when he has to send home four players who, in principle, would have deserved to go to the World Cup".

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"I'm obviously disappointed I won't participate in the World Cup but I have to accept this decision and I'll give it my all to bounce back stronger!"

"It's like being at the airport check-in counter en route to Moscow and you are not allowed to board the plane".

"I feel good and now my focus is on the World Cup".

Julian Brandt, Leon Goretzka, Jonas Hector, Joshua Kimmich and Marc-Andre ter Stegen were also involved in the discussion at the squad's Italian training base in Eppan.

Neuer, who played in Saturday's friendly against Austria following his eight-month absence, expressed his gratitude for all the support he has received while sidelined.

Germany are set to open their 2018 campaign against Mexico on June 17, before going on to face Sweden and South Korea in their other Group F fixtures.

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