Sandro Wagner’s Toys Are Out The Pram
Now it goes without saying that when the German national squad for the World Cup was announced I did expect to see Sandro Wagner’s name in that list. But he was left out by Joachim Löw for the major tournament in Russia this summer. But it was to be Nils Petersen, Timo Werner and Mario Gomez who got the nod ahead of him.
World Cup Snub
Now at first, I did feel quite sorry for him after hearing about how he was consoled by his teammates at Bayern Munich. There is no doubt that this meant a huge amount to Wagner and of course, it is every player’s dream to play at the World Cup and at 30 years old this could be his last chance. But around a month before that Sandro Wagner showed huge amounts of arrogance by labeling himself as the “best German striker” which Jogi Löw may not have liked as there is no I in a team and a big personality such as Wagner could be the difference between winning the tournament or not.
But the stats don’t lie as it shows that Sandro hasn’t really been good enough all season to warrant a place in the side. Sandro Wagner scored 12 goals in the Bundesliga this season for both Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich. Which is less than Nils Petersen and Timo Werner who are both making their World Cup debuts this summer. But players like Kevin Volland, Mark Uth, and Niclas Füllkrug have missed out on the squad. Scoring more goals than Wagner and you don’t really see them conducting themselves in the same way that Sandro Wagner has, who has questioned the management of the national team.
If we remember that this is Marco Reus‘ first World Cup tournament as well. How long has he had to wait for that? With all the unfortunate injury problems that we have seen Reus suffer over the years. But we never saw Marco Reus retire from the national team because he wasn’t picked even if he was fit. Personally, I think Wagner has been unfortunate not to be in the squad but he really hasn’t conducted himself with any professionalism at all. I know it hurts but instead of criticising others. I do think that instead of blaming everyone else but himself he should suck it up and take time to congratulate the people like Petersen who have made it to Russia.
In January Wagner moved to Bayern Munich from Hoffenheim. It’s worth mentioning that since then that Sandro Wagner has only started in 8 games since his transfer to Bayern Munich. Which isn’t really enough to get yourself on the plane. I don’t know what he expected, as he’s not going to keep Robert Lewandowski out of the Munich side. It could be argued that the move to Bayern has stifled his opportunity to be selected for the national team this time around.
DFB Pokal Loss
Now after the DFB Pokal final defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt which it has to be said was a fantastic spectacle. Sandro Wagner threw his runners up medal into the stands. Which for me does show a level of disrespect for the winners of Frankfurt who were written off by many to actually win the DFB Pokal. But this isn’t supposed to be a huge anti Sandro Wagner article. It does show that Wagner has huge amounts of ambition and wants to win the biggest trophies possible which I can completely understand. But it all became clear that the toys were indeed thrown out of the pram when Wagner decided to retire from the German national team. I do think that he can still do a very good job for Die Mannschaft and this is a huge overreaction on his part. But what do you think? Be sure to let us know on Facebook and Twitter!