Germany and Belgium have become the latest countries to confirm their 23-man squads for the upcoming World Cup.
The defending champions and perennial dark horses had both named provisional squads in recent weeks, but made the card calls and announced their final panels ahead of Tuesday’s FIFA deadline.
To Germany first, and manager Jogi Low has sprung a big surprise by omitting Manchester City winger Leroy Sane from his final squad. The 22-year-old PFA Young Player of the Year had been tipped by many to be a potential star of the tournament but has failed to make the cut at the last hurdle.
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 4, 2018
There are few other surprises in a squad that looks well-equipped to defend the trophy in Russia this summer. Bernd Leno, Jonathan Tah and Nils Petersen have also been cut, while 2014 hero Mario Gotze and Liverpool midfielder Emre Can did not even make the provisional squad
To Belgium next, and the biggest story from the squad is that Michy Batshuayi has been proclaimed fit to make the final 23. The Chelsea striker, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Borussia Dortmund, had been in a race against time to make the squad after suffering an injury that ended his Bundesliga season prematurely, but has won his battle to be fit enough for inclusion.
He comes in at the expense of Christian Benteke, the Crystal Palace striker omitted after a frustrating season at Selhurst Park.
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— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 4, 2018
Former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj, ex-Newcastle goalkeeper Matz Sels and Lazio defender Jordan Lukaku have also been left out of the final travelling party, while Roma’s Radja Nainggolan retired from international duty when he was snubbed by Roberto Martinez from the provisional squad