The FA has appointed Dave Reddin as its new head of performance services.
Reddin was a crucial part of Sir Clive Woodward's team as England won the 2003 Rugby World Cup and also worked with him at the British Olympic Association.
He will now take up a key position at the FA in February, with the 44-year-old due to be based at St George's Park in Burton where he will oversee sport science, medical, performance analysis, psychology and physiotherapy.
Reddin will report to Dan Ashworth, the FA's director of elite development, with English football's governing body asking Reddin and his staff to improve the performance of all the national teams and "create new tournament strategies aimed at increasing success."
"I'm delighted to be joining the FA at such an exciting time in its development," said Reddin.
"The FA is committed to change and to becoming leaders in the football world. With the opening of St George's Park there are new opportunities to enhance and improve all of the services we deliver to our athletes.
"My focus will be on raising the standards and consistency of performance services across all national teams, underpinned by the latest research and innovation.
"Capturing and translating this knowledge to inform the development of the next generation of coaches will also be a key role."
Ashworth, who joined the FA from West Brom, admitted he was delighted to have Reddin on board.
"Dave is synonymous with success across a number of sporting disciplines," said Ashworth.
"His role is pivotal in the delivery of vital services that support our England teams and the wider game.
"The team at St George's Park is developing and growing into its environment but it is important we continue to bring the facilities to life through quality and credible personnel."
Woodward himself has also offered his backing to Reddin in his new role.
"Dave has been working with me since 1997 and I believe he is a great appointment for football," he said.
"During the London Olympics (England manager) Roy Hodgson came around to look at our performance service areas and said he was very impressed.
"Dave did an amazing job in rugby and at the Olympics, and he's right up to date with everything going on in sport. I am sure he will find football very interesting and challenging.
"I am delighted for him and he has my full support and backing."