Joachim Low must be the envy of most other national team managers with the 2018 World Cup only ten days away.
Like his peers, the German boss has trimmed his squad down to 23 players ahead of today’s submission deadline.
With world-class talent from the Bundesliga, Premier League and La Liga available, Die Mannschaft boast the kind of strength in depth most nations can only dream of.
That in itself gives Low a unique challenge of sorts - who does he leave out?
Well, after months of evaluating every option at his disposal, the 58-year-old has broken the news to those who won’t be on the plane to Russia.
Much to the shock of football fans the world over, one such individual is Leroy Sane.
The Premier League Young Player of the Year could do little more to book his place at his first World Cup, notching 14 goals and 17 assists in a Manchester City shirt this season.
Considering he’s a regular starting player in Pep Guardiola’s glittering side, Sane could be forgiven for wondering why he lost out to Julian Brandt, Marco Reus and Julian Draxler.
Well, the man who made that call has explained his reasoning.
“That was a very close decision between him and Julian Brandt, which was made in favour of Brandt,” Low said at a press conference on Monday, per Metro.
“There are certainly easier days in the life of a national team head coach than the day where I have to send four payers home.
"These are four players who had merited their place in the provisional squad through their performances
“I spoke to the four players and the disappointment was huge, as you would expect.
“It’s as if you are stood at the check in desk for your flight to Moscow, but are then prevented from boarding.”
At 22-years-old, Sane is almost certain to become a permanent fixture for Germany at future major tournaments - not that it will abate his disappointment this time around.
The only way Low could recall the former Schalke star is if one of his 23-man squad succumbs to injury up to 24 hours before Germany versus Mexico kicks off on Sunday, 17 June.
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