Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ballack: Sane Dropped for 'Non-Footballing' Reasons

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ballack: Sane Dropped for 'Non-Footballing' Reasons

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LEROY Sane can only have been left out of the German World Cup squad for 'non-footballing reasons', according to Michael Ballack.

The former Bayern Munich and Chelsea midfielder believes there must be another reason the City star was excluded from the 23-man squad after an incredible domestic season. Sane has never been able to replicate his club form at international level, but Ballack does not believe it should be a factor.

While Ballack still believes Joachim Low's side 'is strong enough' to secure victory in Russia, he says Sane's abilities would make him a key player in the latter stages of the tournament.

"We have really good players but there is a space for him in that squad - even if he didn't perform in the same way as he did for Man City," Ballack told The Sun. …

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