Leroy Sane’s omission from Germany’s World Cup squad created quite a stir among Manchester City fans.
My view has been typical of the reaction of most City fans, but then there is another thought process from some. Sane’s absence can only benefit his club.
Sane will have a point to prove and be refreshed from his summer break goes the logic. And I hope that is what will happen, but how far do we take that thinking?
As we look forward to a month in the armchair, down the pub or watching in the poolside lounge while on holiday, will we be hoping England go all the way to the final with Kyle Walker, John Stones, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph playing 90 minutes in every game?
Or might you be secretly hoping the four City players don’t feature, so there’s no risk of burn out or injury, or worse still that England don’t make it out of the group stage so ‘our players’ get much needed rest?
If you think that’s a simple question to answer, it’s might be more complex than you thought.
When England play Belgium next week, who will you be supporting? If you’re English born and bred that might appear to be a no-brainer, but what if there’s a last-minute corner for Belgium with the score at 0-0 and Kevin De Bruyne is taking it and Vincent Kompany rises high to try to score the winning header, challenged by Stones?
Does that become a conflict of interest?
There are so many City players representing different countries in Russia that these types of previously unheard of dilemmas, for us club fans, are relatively new.
The further Brazil go in the World Cup the less well rested will be Danilo, Fernandinho, Jesus and maybe even Ederson will be and, of course, the same argument applies to Spain, Portugal, France, Argentina and even our traditional arch rivals Germany. They can’t all go out early on.
Never mind mental and physical fatigue, any of those City’s stars could suffer injury or even a loss of confidence like the Liverpool goalkeeper Karius is currently dealing with because of something that might happen in Russia.
Every time you watch a game over the next few weeks, that features a City player, I’d suggest there will be much to anticipate, to enjoy and to savour but also more than a few anxieties to face.
Still, at least Leroy Sane only has to worry about whether he trips over a flip flop this summer.