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South African star backs club to move up table...

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar is ready to put a tiring summer behind him and kick start the club's season.

The South African star had been struggling with fatigue after featuring for his country at the 2010 World Cup, as well as seeing speculation that he was on the verge of leaving the club as he only has one year left on his contract.

But after last weekend's exciting 3-3 draw at Goodison Park against Manchester United, when Pienaar was on the scoresheet, the playmaker is backing Everton to start climbing the table.

He told the club's official website: "When you come back for pre-season and join a team late you have to catch up.

"When I went to the World Cup I was feeling tired but now I feel much better.

"It is down to the players if they have the desire to push themselves the following season and I think all the players that came back have that desire to do well."

Everton, who face Newcastle United at home on Saturday, have not won a league game yet this season in four attempts and sit 19th in the league.

Pienaar added: "It is up to the players mentally to go out on Saturday and start from scratch.

"We need all three points. It is far too early to look at the table.

"The teams above us only have two or three points more than us. There have been a few slip-ups.

"Spurs, Man City and Liverpool have all dropped points and if we win on Saturday we will be back up there.

"We are just going to go into the game like all the other games - prepare well and make sure we get three points. We won't underestimate them and we will try to start the game well."

Although he had a disappointing World Cup, Pienaar has risen 50 places in the latest edition of the Castrol Rankings. The 28-year-old is now rated as the 262nd best player currently plying his trade in one of the top five leagues in Europe.

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