Having seen his stock waver a little recently, Leroy Sane scored his first international goal on Thursday evening as Germany gave Russia a friendly pasting in Leipzig.
After missing out on Germany’s World Cup squad, Sane’s blasé attitude was openly criticised by some of his teammates, with Toni Kroos asserting that the Man City man sometimes didn’t seem to care if the Mannschaft won or lost as long as he’d had a decent game.
Sane was soon reintroduced to Jogi Low’s squad and, at the 16th time of trying, finally got himself and his team off the mark by opening the scoring against Russia with just seven minutes played…
Supplementary goals from Niklas Sule and Serge Gnabry saw that the rout was complete before half-time.
Of course, it would be entirely glib to suggest that Germany were definitely missing a player with Sane’s rapid acceleration and attacking gumption at the World Cup – but, in all honesty, they were a bit, weren’t they?
Hindsight, eh? It can be a bugger.