Rigg appointed to FA role
Former Manchester City technical director Mike Rigg has been appointed by the FA to a new post as head of talent identification.
Rigg helped sign the likes of Yaya Toure, David Silva and Mario Balotelli during his time at the Etihad Stadium.
Rigg, who moved to QPR from City last year, will start on a permanent basis in January and will be given the task of overseeing talent identification at all age groups in both the men's and women's game.
FA director of elite development Dan Ashworth said: "I'm delighted that Mike will be joining us, he brings a wealth of experience and will be an asset to the organisation moving forward.
"It was a long and extensive interview process, but in Mike we have someone with a unique and varied background. He has experienced working in academies, national associations and recently was part of the Manchester City team that won the Premier League."
The move is another step in the FA's efforts to boost its international sides, and follows the appointment of former England rugby and British Olympic official Dave Reddin as the new head of performance services.
Rigg said: "I'm looking forward to joining Dan's team and being part of something very intriguing.
"Working with the national coaches to identify future talent and how best we can bring those players through is extremely important for English football, and it's something I'm excited to be part of.
"I hope that I can bring my experience and knowledge and have a positive impact for many years to come."
Rigg has also been technical director at the Welsh FA, academy manager at Sheffield Wednesday, and chief scout at Blackburn.