Sane needs to be told what to do – Kroos

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Germany may have welcomed the winger back into their squad after the World Cup, but the midfielder says the forward has room for improvement

Leroy Sane has the potential to reach the top of world football, but the Manchester City star "needs people who tell him what to do", according to Germany team-mate Toni Kroos. 

Pep Guardiola left Sane out of the matchday 18 for their clash with Newcastle United, amid concerns over his attitude.

The winger was also left out of Joachim Low's World Cup squad, which came as a surprise to many after a fine Premier League campaign with the champions, but returned to the international reckoning after being called up for this month's fixtures with France and Peru.

Real Madrid midfielder Kroos lauded Sane's ability and potential, but suggested his temperament may need some work.

"He can be a world-class player, but he needs people who tell him what to do from time to time and to work on himself," said Kroos, who will hope to feature in his country's UEFA Nations League showdown with France on Thursday.

"That's what Pep is doing at the moment with not selecting him. He wants to provoke him a bit.

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"It is clear that you have to find a way to bring him to his top performance. If he is at his top performance, he is for us – with his qualities, which are relatively seldom if you are looking at our squad – a player who enriches us.

"He gives us definitely more options for our game, but obviously only if he is able to show that on the field."

With Sane assuming the role of spectator, Germany toiled in defence of their World Cup title in Russia, exiting in the group stage following defeats to Mexico and South Korea.