Russia 2018: Premier League star dropped as Germany name final 23-man squad

Germany Football team (Photo Credit: DFB)
Germany Football team (Photo Credit: DFB)

The defending champions, Germany, have named their 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia.

Manchester City forward Leroy Sane is one of the shock omissions from the 23-man squad announced by coach Joachim Low at a news conference on Monday.

Sane is the Premier League Young Player of the Year. He was expected to make the final squad but was left out, especially after a poor display against Austria on Saturday in a game the Germans lost 1-2.

On the other hand , goalkeeper Manuel Neuer who is just returning from injury made the cut. Neuer was in goal as the Germans lost to Austria on Saturday.

For some, Germany are not looking convincing enough as they head to Russia as they are without a win in five matches, their longest run since 1987-88.

Germany’s 23-man World Cup squad:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain)

Defenders: Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin)

Midfielders: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen)

Forwards: Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Mario Gomez (Stuttgart)

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