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Guardiola urges Sane to use World Cup snub to 'make him stronger'

14:44 GMT+3 21/07/2018
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The 22-year-old should show Joachim Low that he was wrong to leave him out of the squad heading into the summer tournament, his club coach says

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has encouraged Leroy Sane to use his World Cup snub as motivation to prove Germany wrong this season.

Sane was surprisingly dropped from Joachim Low's 23-man Germany squad after winning the PFA Young Player of the Season award, netting 10 goals and providing 15 assists in the Premier League last term.

Germany, the defending champions, went on to fail spectacularly in the tournament, exiting at the first round for the first time since 1938.

And Guardiola wants the 22-year-old to use the disappointment of missing out to spur him on, as he said: "Leroy has to accept that this decision may make him stronger.

''He has the chance to show the national team from Germany and first of all us, he has another season to show his quality.

"He's so young and in two years it is another European Championships and then in four years another World Cup.

"I think it's the past now. The national trainer decided what's the best for the national team."