Leroy Sane is not the only big name to be excluded from the World Cup in Russia.
The likes of Anthony Martial, Joe Hart, Radja Nainggolan, Alvaro Morata and Liverpool’s new man, Fabinho, have all been left out of squads ahead of the finals in Russia (June 14 – July 15).
However, you could make an argument that, unlike the majority of those mentioned above who struggled recently, Sane had his best-ever season in 2017/18.
The Manchester City man scored 14 goals and laid on 17 assists last term. Indeed, possibly only Argentina’s Mauro Icardi, who hit 29 goals for Inter in Serie A, can join Sane in feeling hard done by in being excluded after a career-defining season.
Sane will return to Die Mannschaft in September
Of course, San2 is just 22-years old and should play in plenty of World Cups before his career comes to an end.
His talents have been well-publicised, even though he arguably joins Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen among the most underrated players in the Premier League.
Sane will be back in the Germany line-up, but what does his exclusion tell us about the holders of the World Cup?
There have been hints that Joachim Low based his decision around the attitude of Sane during the pre-tournament training camp (he was in the provisional squad).
That’s beside the point, because it boils down to the fact that Low had the luxury of making such a decision.
Look at the midfielders Germany are taking to Russia: Kroos, Reus, Draxler, Gundogan, Goretzka, Khedira, Rudy and Brandt.
While Sane is a talent, there is enough there to build two World Cup-winning midfields.
Brazil and Germany favourites in Russia
German strength going into a major tournament is, of course, nothing new.
They have been made co-favourites (alongside Brazil) with several major bookmakers (Betfair, Betfred included) at odds of 9/2.
It is tight at the top of the odds though, with France and Spain coming in at the 6/1 mark and Argentina in at 10/1 (all odds from Betfair).
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Indeed, many neutrals will believe Germany have actually improved since winning the World Cup in 2014.
Sure, they have lost the experience of the likes of Schweinsteiger, Lahm and Klose, but these were players coming to the end of their careers.
The fresh injection of young players into the squad seems to have ensured that the German machine will keep on rolling.
If you need any evidence of this, just check out Germany’s record 43 goals scored during qualifying for Russia.
If you think they might be weak in defence, you’ll be interested to know they conceded just four in qualifying.
England and Germany could clash in quarters
Something to ponder for any England fans reading this: Germany and England will be scheduled to clash in the quarter finals if, as is likely (1/3 odds, Bet365), Germany win Group F and, as is probable, England finish as runners-up to Belgium in Group G.
Obviously, both sides would have to win their last 16 games first for that to happen.
It’s interesting to imagine just what a player of Sane’s talents could provide for the England team.
As a World Cup winner, Low will likely escape too much criticism if the decision to Sané turns out to be a mistake.
However, seeing that losing such a quality player has such little impact on their odds to win in Russia really does say a lot about this extraordinary Germany squad.