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The winger seemed set to join the Bafana Bafana squad for their friendly against the Teranga Lions, but decided to snub the national team

While many people were slating South Africa coach Pitso Mosimane for overlooking in-form Andrew Surman, it seems it was the Norwich City winger who again turned down a Bafana call-up.

The absence of the 25-year-old Johannesburg-born player was the big talking point following the Bafana squad announcement for Wednesday’s international friendly against Senegal, but the Sunday Times reports that it was Mosimane who was again left frustrated.

After a planned trip to England fell through, the Bafana coach put in a lengthy telephone call to Surman to speak about coming out for the game in Durban, but he was knocked back in his approach.

Surman reportedly told the coach that he has a young family who he wants to focus on, though it seems more likely that he still harbours hopes of playing for England following a great four months for The Canaries.

It’s not the first time he has turned his back on South Africa, having also rejected a call-up from then coach Carlos Alberto Parreira in 2008.