Stones sure sad Sane will bounce back from axe

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JOHN STONES claims Leroy Sane will have been “hurt mas­sively” by Ger­many boss Joachim Low’s shock de­ci­sion to axe the Manch­ester City winger from the World Cup.

Sane, 22 (right) was out­stand­ing in City’s ti­tle-win­ning sea­son but his at­ti­tude has been ques­tioned by the Ger­man camp.

How­ever, Eng­land de­fender Stones, 24, said: “Leroy is a world-class player, even though he is so young. I am so, so gut­ted for him. I know how much this meant to him and it will have hurt him mas­sively.

“And it’s a mas­sive blow for Ger­many, too, in my opin­ion, to be with­out a player of his abil­ity.

“Now he has got a lot of time to think about it be­fore and dur­ing the tour­na­ment and that wouldn’t be good for me if I was in his shoes.

He will be fine but right now this will hurt.”

PAUL HETHER­ING­TON

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