Michael Ballack's reaction on Twitter after Leroy Sane's World Cup omission caused a stir


There is no doubting that Germany possess one of the best squads going to the World Cup.

Joachim Low's defending champions have world-class options in every department, with fresh names like Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Timo Werner making them look just as strong as 2014.

However, despite the quality on show in their 23-man squad going to Russia, the omission of Leroy Sane still looks bizarre.

Regardless of the Manchester City winger's average displays for Germany - he's failed to score in his 12 games - he surely would have been a brilliant option to have.

Bayer Leverkusen's Julian Brandt was the player who saw Sane ousted, with Marco Reus, Julian Draxler and Mesut Ozil all making the cut as well.

Sane's omission is probably the one out of all the squads that has sparked the most debate and German legend Michael Ballack has given his take on the matter.

The former Chelsea and Bayern Munich midfielder certainly knows a thing or two about the national team and was not afraid to speak the truth on Twitter.


And his tweet caused a bit of a stir. Here are some of the best replies.


Statistically, it's a huge risk taken by Low, with Sane outperforming all of Germany's chosen midfielders this season with City, scoring 14 goals and recording 17 assists in all competitions.

By comparison, Brandt managed 12 goals and just three assists in 42 games for Leverkusen.


Draxler's statistics read even worse, with the 24-year-old scoring four times and assisting only five more in 30 Ligue 1 appearances for a free-scoring Paris Saint-Germain.

Reus is easily the most prolific of those chosen, scoring seven times in 11 Bundesliga games for Borussia Dortmund.

Despite the statistical evidence supporting Sane's claim for a spot, it's hard to question the judgement of Low.


The man knows his team well and with a World Cup already under his belt, who are we to question him or bet against him retaining the trophy in Russia?

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