Kyle Walker is among those to have been left stunned by Germany’s decision to leave Leroy Sane out of their World Cup 2018 squad.
The Manchester City forward had formed part of Joachim Low’s 27-man preliminary party, but was one of four unfortunate figures cut when a final selection was made.
Sane had been expected to be a key man for the reigning champions as they head to Russia hoping to defend their global crown.
He starred for City during the 2017-18 campaign, netting 10 goals and providing 15 assists during a record-breaking Premier League title triumph for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Those efforts were enough to see the 22-year-old named PFA Young Player of the Year, with a Carabao Cup win providing another memorable high in a productive campaign.
Low has, however, decided to go with other options in the German ranks.
He favours a different approach to Guardiola and Sane has not always looked entirely comfortable in the colours of his country during 12 senior outings to date.
He is still one of the most exciting young talents in European football, though, and City colleague Walker is amazed to learn that he will not be joining him in Russia.
Former Germany midfielder Michael Ballack has also taken to social media to express his surprise at a big call from Low, with the ex-Chelsea and Bayern Munich star suggesting that the decision to overlook Sane could come back to haunt one of the pre-tournament favourites.