Østenstad opts for early retirement

Former Norwegian international Egil Østenstad has retired from playing at the age of 33 to become director of football at Viking FK.

Prolific campaign
Among his first tasks will be finding a striker to replace him at the Norwegian Tippeligaen club, where he spent nine seasons and scored 14 goals in 25 league games in the 2005 campaign.

International class
Østenstad also won 18 caps for his country, his final appearance coming in the FIFA World Cup qualifying defeat by Scotland in September. As well as giving long service to Viking, he played for Southampton FC, Blackburn Rovers FC and Manchester City FC (on loan) in England and Rangers FC in Scotland.