Manchester City youngster and PFA young player of the year, Leroy Sane has been dropped from the list of players going to the world cup by Germany boss, Joachim Low.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt was, surprisingly, preferred to Sane with Low revealing that the 22-year-old still had some work to do at international level.
“That was a very close decision between him and Julian Brandt, which was made in favor of Brandt,” said Low. “Draxler Reus and Müller are set. Leroy has a huge talent. He will be back again from September.
Manuel Neuer is in as one of three goalkeepers, and will lead Germany’s defence of their World Cup crown.
Neuer’s participation has been in serious doubt after an injury-hit season for the Bayern Munich goalkeeper, but the 32-year-old came through Saturday’s friendly defeat to Austria unscathed.
“I had a conversation yesterday with Manu late in the evening,” said Low on Friday. “The foot did not cause any problems at all.”
It is Sane’s omission which is seen as most shocking, after a standout season with Pep Guardiola’s runaway Premier League winners.
The 22-year-old scored 14 times in 49 games for the champions and won the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
Marco Reus’ return to fitness sees him make the squad alongside Julian Draxler.
Meanwhile, PFA player of the year and Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah has made Egypt’s 23-man list to Russia despite nursing an injury.
Salah, who hit a stunning 44 goals for Liverpool last season in all competitions, was forced out of the final in tears last month clutching his left shoulder after being wrestled to the ground by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.
Salah has undergone treatment in Valencia, Spain, in the hope of playing a role in Egypt’s first appearance in the World Cup since 1990.
On Wednesday, the federation had said Salah would be out for “not more” than three weeks, meaning he could miss Egypt’s opening World Cup Group A fixture against Uruguay on June 15.
Egypt then face Russia on June 19 and Saudi Arabia on June 25.
Below are Germany and Egypt’s 23-Man Squad
Germany 23-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona/ESP), Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA)
Defenders: Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Matthias Ginter (Moenchengladbach), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea/ENG), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
Midfielders: Sami Khedira (Juventus/ITA), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/ESP), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal/ENG), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City/ENG), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)
Forwards: Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart)
Egypt’s 23-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun/KSA), Mohamed El Shenawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly)
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Ali Gabr (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa/ENG), Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh/KSA), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles/USA), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek)
Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal/ENG), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Sam Morsy (Wigan/ENG), Mahmoud Abdel Razek (Al Raed/KSA), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa/TUR), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City/ENG), Amr Warda (Atromitos/GRE), Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim (Al Ittihad/KSA)
Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/ENG), Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly)