The 22-year-old star who scored 14 goals and contributed 15 assists this season to help Manchester City win the Premiership title was deemed surplus to requirements by Joachim Low.
Before the list was announced, Sane who also scooped Premier League young player of the year was pictured with fellow German stars Julian Brandt, Leon Goretzka, Jonas Hector, Joshua Kimmich and Marc-Andre ter Stegen during a chat with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, before he was brutally axed.
‘That was a very close decision between him and Julian Brandt, which was made in favor of Brandt,’ Low said in his press conference on Monday.
‘Draxler, Reus and (Thomas) Muller are set. Leroy has a huge talent. He will be back again from September. He had not arrived in international matches yet.
If it was a 100m race, it would have been a photo finish. He already has something extraordinary in the game and that speed that is needed internationally.
And, moreover, he can make a difference in some games with his speed. If he continues to develop, he will be very happy to us in the future.’
Meanwhile, Sane’s omission from the Germany squad for this year’s World Cup is causing an outrage online.
See Germany’s squad for Russia 2018 below: