Player Leroy Sane runs during a training session of the German national soccer team in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Germany will face the team of the Netherlands for a UEFA Nations League match in Amsterdam on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Leroy Sane takes part in training with the Germany squad ahead of the latest round of Nations League fixtures. AP Photo

Uefa Nations League: Leroy Sane 'more motivated' than ever to impress Germany manager Joachim Low



Manchester City winger Leroy Sane said on Wednesday that he plans to use his World Cup disappointment as motivation and seize his chance to impress Germany manager Joachim Low in the upcoming Uefa Nations League clashes against the Netherlands and France.

After being voted the Premier League's Young Player of the Year last season, Sane, 22, was a surprise omission from the Germany squad that then crashed at the World Cup group stage.

After playing just seven minutes off the bench in Germany's goalless Nations League draw against France in Munich last month, Sane missed the 2-1 friendly win over Peru in Sinsheim for the birth of his daughter.

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Now, with Germany's first-choice left winger, Marco Reus, out with a knee injury, Sane could well have his chance to prove himself against Holland in Amsterdam on Saturday, then France in Paris next Tuesday.

"I've been thinking a lot about the summer and trying to improve my game so that the next time [Low] will not be able to leave me out," Sane told a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday.

"Of course, I was disappointed not to have been at the World Cup, it just makes me more motivated. I want to improve every day. I'm working on being a better fit for the team, also in terms of tactics."

Sane, who made his international debut in 2015, has been in Germany's match day squad 19 times and collected 13 caps, starting six games and coming off the bench seven times.

Low implied Sane's lack of defensive work in his pre-World Cup appearances for Germany was why he missed the chance to play in Russia and assistant coach Marcus Sorg expanded on the theme.

"Leroy has always been committed, one way or another, it may not have always been how we wanted it, but we have to remember that he's a young person, he has coped well and he's where he needs to be," said Sorg.

Sane says the birth of his daughter has matured him, "now I have to also bear some responsibility away from the pitch. I am always pleased to see her when I come home".

After the double blows of the woeful World Cup performance and Mesut Ozil's scathing retirement from the Germany set-up, making accusations of racism and disrespect, the German FA (DFB) has launched a charm offensive.

Low's squad held an open training session in Berlin on Tuesday, giving school children the chance to watch their heroes, but Sorg says a good performance against the Dutch is just as important.

"It's no longer the case that we can expect to win games 5-0 or 6-0," said Sorg. "We have to return to our old strengths and that is part of a process."

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