Germany leaves Russia after crashing out of the World Cup

Germany leaves Russia after crashing out of the World Cup

- Germany players depart Russia after dismal outing at the World Cup

- Joachim Loew's men were knocked out of the group stage in Group E

- Sweden and Mexico were countries that made it through to the last 16

Germany players and officials are on their way home after their shock exit at the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Joachim Loew's side crashed out of the group stages after surprise defeat to South Korea in Kazan on Wednesday night.

The defending champions were sent packing after just one win from their three Group E games, as Sweden and Mexico qualifying for the knockout stages instead.

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Loew and his men looked down in the dumps as they headed home from Vnukovo airport in Moscow on Thursday morning as Spain were installed as the new favourites for the tournamnet.

The German tactician is being criticised for failing to take Manchester City's in-form winger Leroy Sane to the World Cup.

The PFA Young Player of the Year winner had an outstanding season in the Premier League, scoring 14 goals and making 17 assists, helping Pep win the Premier League.

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Despite his feat, the 22-year-old was surprisingly left out of the squad for Russia and the Germans departed the group stages after losing to Mexico and South Korea either side of a late victory over Sweden.

The 58-year-old will have to answer why the youngster was surplus to requirement for his party to the World Cup.

The inquests have already started and when Loew and his dispirited squad arrive back in Frankfurt at lunchtime one of the questions he will need to address is why Sane was deemed surplus to requirements.

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Former Germany captain Michael Ballack took to Twitter to reflect the mood of the nation by retweeting a post he wrote when the squad was named in early June.

It read: “Leroy Sané, the best young player in the Premier League, has to stay at home? Loew is under massive pressure with his decision.”

Loew is still regarded as the best coach to take Germany back to the level they were, but he now has to find a way to ease out old players who disappointed in Russia to make room for younger players.

However, it would be a huge surprise if Loew followed up with his threat to resign given the talent coming through from the U-23.

Players like Mesut Ozil, Ilkay Gundogan, Sami Khedira, Marco Reus, Mario Gomez, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and even misfiring Thomas Muller all face a fight to prove that this World Cup was a one-off aberration.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Germany were defeated by South Korea in their last group game.

Two late goals from Korea gave the Asians a famous victory as the Germans crashed out of the group stage for the first time in their history.

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