BREAKING NEWS: Sane out of Germany's World Cup squad
Manchester City star Leroy Sane has been left out of Germany's squad for the World Cup.
The winger is the most surprising name to have been cut from the provisional squad by head coach Joachim Low.
Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, centre-back Jonathan Tah and Freiburg striker Nils Petersen are the other players to be omitted from the final group heading to Russia.
"The disappointment among the four was there for all to see," Low told a news conference on Monday.
"The decisions I and my coaches had to make were not easy. We analysed the training sessions and the Confederations Cup campaign and summed everything up.
"It's important to have variety in your squad for a tournament but balance, too. It's important to have backups in every position and to be able to deal with any situation that comes our way.
"It was almost like a 100-metre race at the Olympics, with a photo finish. I have to say thank you to the players in question for their attitude here. They gave absolutely everything in the fight for a place."
The decision to drop Sane comes despite his standout performances for City this season, who claimed a domestic double of the Premier League and EFL Cup.
The 22-year-old was named the PFA Young Player of the Year and was involved in 33 goals in competitive games in 2017-18 (14 goals and 19 assists), which is more than any other German player in Europe's top-five leagues.
Tah and Petersen were widely expected to be among the four players to miss the cut, although there is some surprise about the inclusion of Paris Saint-Germain's Kevin Trapp over Leno.