Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner took being left off the German national team extremely hard and rightfully so. Wagner had a productive year for Hoffenheim and Bayern and would have brought an element to the striker position that the current German squad does not have with his height and physicality.
It appears, though, Wagner is ready to shake off that initial disappointment and focus on supporting his friends and some of his current Bayern teammates. In a letter to SportBild, Wagner sent along a nice note to the squad as it prepares for Mexico.
Dear German national team ,
The game against Mexico finally sets off - and I will resign from my holiday with immediate effect to keep my fingers crossed for you ...
After all the noise, hopefully the whole of Germany will be behind you. I definitely do, even if my radius of action has shifted from the opponent’s penalty area to my home garden table.
I am proud to have been part of this team and I wish you the best for the coming weeks.
Get the trophy for you and us Germans at home!
Your Sandro Wagner
PS: To my friends in Bavaria : About a medal as a souvenir I would be very happy.
I still don’t fault Wagner for his reaction. His lifelong dream was crushed and he knew this was realistically his last opportunity to be a factor on the team. It’s really not hard to argue that Wagner would be a better option than Mario Gomez at this stage, but now the chance for that to happen is gone; leaving both Wagner and Die Mannschaft the possibility of asking “What if?” should things go poorly in Russia.