Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 4 -

STEVEN PIEN­AAR has called time on his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer with South Africa.

The Ever­ton mid­fielder, 30, was not in­cluded in man­ager Gor­don Ige­sund’s squad for friendlies against Poland and Kenya.

“I am dis­ap­pointed,” said Ige­sund.

“Steven’s pres­ence and lead­er­ship is in­valu­able and could have helped us in our mis­sion for 2013 African Cup of Nations and the World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“But we must re­spect his de­ci­sion.”

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