Germany agree World Cup 2014 qualifying bonuses

Joachim Low's team will receive the same fee they did for reaching the 2010 competition, if they qualify for the tournament in Brazil
Germany's players have agreed their appearance bonuses for the World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign as they look to reach their 23rd major tournament in succession.

Captain Philipp Lahm has reached an agreement with the German Football Association's (DFB) general secretary Helmut Sandrock, which will keep the bonuses locked at the same amount as those that were handed out in qualifying for the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

Players will receive €20,000 per appearance in qualifying, but will have their payments withheld until they actually reach the tournament itself.

If they fail to qualify they will not receive any appearance bonuses, and DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach was pleased that an agreement had been reached.

"I am pleased that we have been able to reach an agreement so quickly and easily," read a statement from the DFB.

"This shows once again how our relationship with the senior team is built on trust."

Joachim Low's team won all 10 of their matches in reaching Euro 2012 and they have begun in a similar vein in attempting to reach the World Cup in Brazil, after beating Austria and the Faroe Islands in their opening two Group C encounters.