Pienaar rests, but not seven teammates
STEVEN Pienaar might struggle to fit in country and club football, but not so seven of his Everton teammates.
While the former Bafana Bafana captain sat out South Africa's friendly against Poland at the weekend after announcing his retirement from international football, seven Everton players were representing their countries.
Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka were in the England side that trounced San Marino 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier. Kevin Mirallas scored in Belgium's crucial 3-0 World Cup qualifier win against Serbia.
John Heitinga was in the thick of the action, helping Holland to a 3-0 win over Andorra. Nikica Jelavic scored for Croatia in a 2-1 win over Macedonia and goalkeeper Tim Howard helped the US beat Antigua and Barbuda 2-1.
Seamus Coleman was the only Everton international on the losing side when Ireland were beaten 6-1 by Germany.
All this appears to confirm manager David Moyes's assertion that Everton did not try to persuade Pienaar to retire from international football.
Last week Moyes said he encouraged his players to perform at international level.
"It hones their game and makes them better players," he said.