Steven Pienaar retires from international football

Steven Pienaar
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South African midfielder Steven Pienaar ends his international with immediate effect.

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has called time on his international career with South Africa.

The 30-year-old's decision was revealed by coach Gordon Igesund in a press conference this afternoon.

"I am disappointed that Steven has retired from the national team," said Igesund. "But the way he has retired is the right way. I think it was a tough decision for him."

Johannesburg-born Pienaar made 57 appearances for his country, scoring two goals.

The attacker has withdrawn his services just three months before his nation hosts the Africa Cup of Nations.

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