June 7, 2018 / 9:37 AM / 15 days ago

Sane's Germany snub makes no sense, says Ballack

(Reuters) - Germany manager Joachim Loew’s decision to pick Julian Brandt over Leroy Sane in the nation’s 23-man squad for the World Cup makes no sense, former captain Michael Ballack has said.

Basketball - NBA - Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers - O2 Arena, London, Britain - January 11, 2018 Former Germany footballer Michael Ballack before the game REUTERS/Matthew Childs

Sane had his best season for Manchester City last campaign, scoring 10 goals to help the club seal the Premier League title and earning a PFA Young Player of the Year award in the process.

However, Loew said a “tight decision” had to be made between him and Bayer Leverkusen winger Brandt for Germany’s World Cup contingent.

“I can’t explain that. For me there is no photo finish. I can’t see it,” Ballack told British media.

“There’s 23 players in the squad, to say you only see him in the position Julian Brandt is playing - you have to have a fantasy to believe that.

“Brandt is a good, talented player... But he didn’t play on the level that Leroy Sane played. Sane was at a bigger club, with bigger expectations, with better players. Nothing against Julian Brandt, but I can’t explain why Loew compared the two.”

Holders Germany kick-off their World Cup campaign against Mexico in Group F on June 17. Sweden and South Korea are the other teams in the group.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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