I'm familiar with the article and similar things said by players in similar situations. And it's an easy view to arrive at if you're in their position. But it's a complex situation and there's a lot more to it here, too. Ozil was criticized widely even before the World Cup when it looked like they could win the whole thing with him playing a starring role, so it wasn't really related to losing or bad performances in itself. Now Sane is a totally different story anyway. He's half-German and his dad is a pretty well-known former footballer who once played with Jogi Löw for SC Freiburg and is sort of a 90s nostalgia cult figure as well. So for one he didn't grow up in especially difficult circumstances and also is not really seen through the political lens of migration and migrant integration. In fact, I've rarely heard a bad word said about Sane. A lot of people thought he should have been on the World Cup team. There is the issue that he was seen as a guy who didn't really quite fit into Löw's squad or system. In his appearances he didn't really look like he was playing well within the team's structure. Kroos' criticism is interesting simply because again it puts his non-nomination into context. He wouldn't be the first flashy winger who doesn't want to sacrifice his playing style for a team system. He also wouldn't be the first young millionaire in sports to get carried away with the personal glory aspect of it. He's young, he can learn..but he may not if senior players calling him out are just dismissed as racists.