Leroy Sane has spoken for the first time since he was omitted from Germany’s World Cup squad.
The Manchester City winger was included in Jogi Loew’s provisional 27-man squad last month but, surprisingly, he was one of the four players to be culled on Monday morning.
Sane’s snub provoked widespread outrage from City fans, while his club teammates weighed in with messages of support for the 22-year-old.
One of those players was City and England defender Kyle Walker, who posted a picture of himself spitting out water alongside the caption: “When you find out Leroy Sane isn’t going to the World Cup.”
Sane has now responded to Walker’s jocular post, writing: “Well, you’re lucky that you don’t have to play against me bro,” alongside a winky-faced emoji.
Explaining his decision to select Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt ahead of Sane, Die Mannschaft boss Loew said: “In the end it was tight, both (Sane and Brandt) have great qualities, are fast and dribble.