Leroy Sane has been left out of Germany’s 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup.
The Manchester City star was a shock omission from Jogi Low’s squad announced on Monday morning.
Sane was a regular for the world champions as they breezed through qualifying, and featured in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat against Austria.
However, Low has dumped the 22-year-old PFA Young Player of the Year for the tournament in Russia, with Bayer Leverkusen star Julian Brandt preferred instead.
The German boss explained: "That was a very close decision between him and Julian Brandt, which was made in favor of Brandt. Draxler, Reus and Müller are set. Leroy has a huge talent.
"He will be back again from September. He had not arrived in international matches yet.
"It was a very close decision. If it was a 100 metre race, it would have been a photo finish."
Sane scored 14 goals last season as City stormed to the Premier League title.
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