Leroy Sane was one of Pep Guardiola’s star performers in the Manchester City team last season.
The attacker, who scored 14 goals and registered 17 assists in all competitions, was thought to be a shoe-in for the World Cup, but it was not meant to be.
Joachim Low opted against including Sane in the 23-man squad that will travel to Russia for the tournament, which gets underway on June 14.
At the age of just 22, the attacker has become regular feature in City’s team, but he is yet to earn the same status on the international stage.
In fact, Sane, who joined the Cityzens from Schalke in 2016, has earned 11 senior caps for his country.
Given the talent that runs through the reigning world champions, it was always going to be a difficult job for Low to whittle down his squad.
Understandably, plenty of City fans have been left disappointed by the snub, while others are thankful that Sane will get a much-deserved rest to be fit and firing for the new season in August.