Germany boss Joachim Low has finally admitted that he made a big mistake in leaving Leroy Sane out of his World Cup squad and has recalled the Manchester City’s forward to the Germany squad for next month’s matches against France and Peru.
Sane was a surprise omission from the squad that, as holders, crashed out of the World Cup in the group stage.
“I spoke to Leroy on that day [of the World Cup squad announcement]”, coach Joachim Low told a news conference. “I told him that his national team future must begin after the World Cup, that we are aware of his qualities.
“We wanted to take an intensive look at his style of play after the World Cup.”
Low said Khedira could win a return to the squad through his club performances, adding: “I had a longer conversation with him. He told me that you don’t retire from the national team.
“He was always proud to play for Germany. I told him that I now want to make space for new players in that position.”
Five players from the 2014 World Cup-winning team — Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels — remain on board as Germany go into their first Nations League campaign, with Low backing them to lead the way.
“It’s important to have a good core. We need it for younger players to look up to,” he said. “I am convinced they can show much, much more [than they did at the World Cup]. They are all class players.”
Three uncapped players — Paris Saint-Germain defender Thilo Kehrer, 21, Hoffenheim wing-back Nico Schulz, 25, and 19-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz — have been selected.
“They are three very young, highly talented players. It’s a mix of experience and youth,” Low said.
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona).
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern), Thilo Kehrer (PSG), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Nico Schulz (Hoffenheim), Niklas Sule (Bayern), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen).
Midfield/Attack: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (PSG), Leon Goretzka (Bayern), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Muller (Bayern), Nils Petersen (Freiburg), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Leroy Sane (Manchester City), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).