Toni Kroos has offered his half-penneth on the semi-furore surrounding Leroy Sane and his recall to the Germany squad.
Sane was left out of Joachim Low’s World Cup squad, which came as a shock to everybody except those who had witnessed the Man City winger’s largely mediocre international performances for the 18 months prior.
Anyway, Sane is now back in the fold despite lingering questions over his general attitude and his curious lack of inclusion at club level so far this season.
Speaking ahead of Die Mannschaft’s upcoming fixtures against France and Peru, Kroos was open about his thoughts on the matter, first and foremost advising his young compatriot to knock the self-centred nonsense on the head (quotes via Bulinews):
You sometimes get the feeling that it doesn’t matter to him if we win or lose. It’s about showing his qualities. Then he can be an absolute weapon for us.
He has got everything to become a world-class player, but sometimes, he needs to be told what to do.
If he brings all his quality to the pitch, he can help us a lot.
Not sure the “absolute weapon” comment translates into English colloquial vernacular exactly as intended, but the point is obvious.
Who’d have thought a 22-year-old with an enormous tattoo of himself spread across his entire back might be a little self-involved, eh?