Germany scrap player performance test

BERLIN - Germany have scrapped next month's player performance tests after the Bundesliga clubs were unhappy with mid-season checks held in January.

Germany coach Joachim Low upset several club coaches when he assembled his squad for a three-day performance check at the start of the year as the teams prepared for their return from the winter break.

The German Football Federation (DFB) eventually reduced the length of the tests by a day after much criticism.

"There were discussions in the past with individual people at clubs but overall the Bundesliga supports the team in an exemplary way so that is why we decided to meet the clubs halfway this time," Low told the federation's website on Tuesday.

"This performance test in April will not take place."

The checks were aimed at determining the condition of the players ahead of the World Cup in South Africa in June.

Low added he would announce his World Cup squad at the start of May.

Germany have been drawn in Group D alongside Serbia, Ghana and Australia.

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