Neuer made the squad despite playing in just one official game, a friendly against Austria on Friday, since breaking a bone in his foot in September but talented 22-year-old Sane was the biggest name to miss out.
Neuer, who had not played a single official game since breaking a bone in his foot back in September, was handed the captaincy
The former Germany striker said this even against the background of the fact that the 2014 World Cup winner has not played a competitive game since September.
Neuer has not played a single official game since breaking a bone in his foot back in September but Koepke said he was fully on track for the tournament in Russia.
Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Franck Ribery and Manuel Neuer have been among the challengers over the past five years, but Messi and Ronaldo have finished either first or second in the last four editions
"I’m very grateful for being chosen for these awards, but I couldn’t have done it without my team-mates," said Neuer, who beat tennis stars, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, to the European accolade
The shortlists for defenders, midfielders and forwards will be announced and published on FIFA.com on November 26, November 28 and December 1respectively
Neuer wowed spectators with a string of impressive performances en route to lifting the trophy with Germany. He was a perfect embodiment of a sweeper keeper, charging off his line to make crucial last-ditch tackles with an astonishing…