Stefan Effenberg is never one to hold back his opinion and the former Bayern Munich star offered his thoughts to t-online via a column on the state of affairs with Germany’s lineup.
Effenberg wants to see Leroy Sane on the bench and as far away from the starting lineup as possible:
For me, one thing is clear: Sane has still not arrived in the national team. And (Joachim) Löw must not field Leroy Sane in this form from the start at the European Championship. He’s not doing the team any favors, and neither is Sane himself. He lacks self-confidence - and that means he can’t contribute his actually fantastic skills. His Bayern teammate Jamal Musiala came on against Hungary in the 82nd and was involved in more dangerous situations in the remaining eight minutes than Sane in total.
As for other players, Effenberg would like to see more of Kai Havertz and Leon Goretzka — along with Thomas Müller and Serge Gnabry:
The answer to the question of whether Kai Havertz or Leon Goretzka should play must therefore be: Havertz AND Goretzka must play. Löw should rely on a midfield with Toni Kroos, Leon Goretzka and Kai Havertz in front of the three-man defense and the two attacking wingbacks Robin Gosens and Joshua Kimmich. The latter has proven that he can work at the back. And in attack, the national coach will have to field Thomas Müller and Serge Gnabry. Goretzka showed against Hungary what he can do with his power and scoring threat.
Once more, Effenberg reiterated that Sane must sit — and so must his old Manchester City compadre, Ilkay Gündogan:
It’s time for change. At least selectively. And there must be an end to experiments, because it’s now all or nothing. In addition to (Leroy) Sané, Löw will have to sacrifice Ilkay Gündogan, who unfortunately doesn’t perform as well in the national jersey as he did last season at Manchester City.