Former Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has called time on his career and will now look at making a name for himself in the media.

The 35-year-old, who also enjoyed spells at Tottenham, Sunderland, Borussia Dortmund, spent his final footballing days in South Africa where he played for Bidvest Wits.

He said, as quoted in The Sun: “Today I am announcing my retirement from football.

“I want to say thanks to my mum and my family and all the clubs that I have played for and the supporters.

Pienaar started his career with Ajax where he won two league titles and also managed to notch up 61 caps for his country.

After a relatively bright start to his career with the Toffees and being one of the hottest prospects in world football at an earlier age, the midfielder saw his career flounder at Goodison Park.

Pienaar was reduced to a bit-part player and in August 2016 he made the switch to the north east with Sunderland in an attempt to resurrect his status as a player.

In his best season at the Blues, Pienaar notched up seven goals for the Toffees.

The attacking midfielder is exactly the sort of player Everton are missing at the moment.

His attacking flair and trickery in the centre of the park is something that the Toffees could do with after being accused of lacking any ingenuity on the field of play and have staled under Sam Allardyce, whose future at Goodison Park is looking increasingly uncertain.

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