Following a horrendous World Cup campaign, Germany are slowly starting to build from scratch and players like Leroy Sane and Julian Draxler could end up being the architects of this revamped German team. The youngsters were sent to answer the press on Wednesday and fared better than expected. 

Leroy Sane's attitude has come into question, time and again, and Draxler took the opportunity to clear the air and talk about his relationship with the ​Manchester City winger. 

"We’ve known each other a long time, since Schalke. Leroy doesn’t have a weak character or anything else. You can go to bat for him over that. There aren’t any problems between him and me at all. On the contrary, we’re good friends," said Draxler, as quoted by Bavarian Football Works

In an earlier presser, Real Madrid midfielder, Toni Kroos, had declared that Sane’s body language made him seem indifferent to winning or losing with the team. And on Wednesday, Sane addressed the criticism without naming the World Cup winner. 

Sane said: "Of course I was disappointed not to be there. For that reason I’m obviously even more motivated. I want to show myself everywhere I can, try to enjoy the time, and to learn. I’m not going out of my way by saying “I don’t care about anything.” When I play poorly, I obviously care about it. I might sometimes seem that way to someone or another. That’s fine by me. I don’t have any problem with criticism. It’s even good for me. I’m trying to work on it."

Germany return to action against the Netherlands on Saturday before travelling to France for their UEFA Nations League clash, three days later.