With the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia, it has been the subject of much debate what the national teams will look like. And while we have examined this in particular, there has been a continuous stream of changes to the national squads, leaving some perplexed. We are back to elaborate on some of the last-minute changes that have made headlines – with that in mind, we ought to mention that Leroy Sane is out. Here’s why.
Germany Leaves Out Sane
One of the rather more striking announcements of the recent days has been Germany’s decision to leave out Manchester City winger Leroy Sane out of the final 23-man squad. Mr Sane, who has had a respectable track record in the past year, has been relegated from the team.
He has hardly been alone in the series of stark drop-outs Germany has initiated. Other notable names in football, including Bernd Leno and Jonathan TahNils Petersen from Freiburg have all been left home.
While all of them featured on the provisional squad, Germany has since decided to change things up. Some of the younger names are still onboard, however, including Manuel Neuer whose name is a credit to his experience in the national team. He will play as keeper.
Other Changes in the Champions’ Roster
Germany has been reshuffling quickly in the face of opponents piling left and right. While the first group matches of the team promise to be somewhat easy, the several-time world champions are far from playing it cool, exercising their well-known German precision.
While some have gone, others have arrived, including Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea to play as a defender. Meanwhile Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil have been the new names on the block.
Why Did Stellar Go, Sane?
Sane had an excellent stint in the Premier League with his team, City. He managed an enviable amount of goals at 14 and assisted another 19 points. Other footballers have scored less. However, Sane comes across as a more of an individual player seeking to perform well, whereas some of the latest additions are different. Ozil, for example, has initiated 84 situations leading to an attack on the enemy, compared to the 58 in Sane’s record.
However, Sane was truly considered until the very last moment, but ultimately, his spot went to Julian Brandt who hasn’t been big with figures but has exhibited the qualities of a well-rounded footballer nonetheless.
The Current Germany Team Stands
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St-Germain)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich)
Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St-Germain), Leon Goretska (Schalke), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich)
Strikers: Mario Gomez (Stuttgart), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)
Germany, A Likely Winner
Nobody can anticipate the outcome of football events with exact accuracy, but we would be remiss not to mention that Germany won its qualifications with 10 stellar victories, putting it at the very top of the teams that are likely to win the whole event. Sane who dropped out had 10 goals and assisted 15 times at Pep Guardiola’s City.
Even with the temporary setback, there is a good chance that the youngster may still make it in top-notch national competitions. Germany’s strength is quite obvious though. Many of the top competitors there, including Andre Schurrle and Julian Weigl have not made it to the team’s final cut, which clearly signals that the country has too many talented footballers to pick from.
A Final Thought on Germany’s Upcoming Football Fray
More than ever, Germany is likely to progress through the group stages effortlessly. While the country will play some of the better teams in the competition, including Mexico, Sweden, and South Korea, these squads will ultimately yield under the inexorable machinery that is indeed Germany. With this in mind, we welcome you to tune in and watch the action live! We also provide you with live scores , if you prefer not to watch.