Sane, Leno dropped from Germany squad

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Neuer is to join the starting lineup in Russian Federation despite having been out for eight months due to a foot injury, while Sane was passed over after having a stellar season with English Premier League (EPL) champions Manchester City, reported Efe.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer gets the nod despite his recent injury struggles, while Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus will get the chance to put his previous fitness issues behind him - with the 29-year-old having missed out on a successful World Cup campaign in 2014. As Deutsche Welle pointed out, Sane's 3,618 minutes in all competitions for Manchester City were more than three wingers who were chosen by Loew: Bayer Leverkusen's Julian Brandt (2,731), Paris Saint-German's Julian Draxler (2,630) and Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus (1,163).

Sane, who joined the English champions in 2016, had been a surprise addition to Germany's Euro 2016 squad two years ago but this time he was overlooked by Loew, who opted to take the more physical Julian Brandt to Russian Federation instead.

"It's like being at the airport check-in counter en route to Moscow and you are not allowed to board the plane".

Sane's team-mate at City, Ilkay Gundogan, is also included, as is reported Manchester United and Real Madrid target Timo Werner of RB Leipzig.

"I always had the goal in front of me".

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This season, Sane has excelled for his club Manchester City, who under Pep Guardiola's guidance, won both the Premier League and Carabao Cup.

Neuer had been out with a repeat of the fracture in his left foot but played the full game against Austria, likely forcing Marc-Andre ter Stegen to the bench.

Loew cited the 22-year-old Brandt's strong games at the Confederations Cup and good performances in training camp.

Reigning champions Germany will face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in Group F at the tournament.

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St Germain).