Bierhoff defends Low
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Oliver Bierhoff defends Germany's decision to rest key players for the friendly with Denmark.
Oliver Bierhoff has defended German coach Joachim Low against criticism from Denmark boss Morten Olsen.
Low (pictured) is resting first-team regulars Jens Lehmann, Michael Ballack, Philipp Lahm and Torsten Frings for Wednesday's friendly in Duisburg.
But his move has come under-fire from Olsen who says it 'shows a lack of respect' to the Danes.
However, former international striker Bierhoff, now managing director of the national team, defended Low's decision to field some of his young talent.
"There has never been an agreement that both sides have to field their best team," said Bierhoff.
"We have always said that we are going to test young talents."
Low is expected to use the clash to take a closer look at keeper Robert Enke, Simon Rolfes, Stefan Kiessling, Gonzales Castro and Roberto Hilpert.
"The comments of the Danes do lack respect for our young players, who have already proven their skills in the Bundesliga," added Bierhoff.