Gordon Strachan blames genetics after missing out on World Cup play-offs

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"When you see them at the end of the game, I don't think I have seen a group of players that exhausted and disappointed", he added. Not a problem about me.

Scotland's drought of reaching a major global tournament will now stretch to at least 22 years after failing to qualify for Russian Federation 2018. The Scot previously led Cardiff up to the Premier League, but his reputation later took a knock following allegations of "racist, sexist and homophobic" messages, although in the end he wasn't charged by the FA. But physically we have a problem.

The former Celtic and Southampton manager said his players were crestfallen at finishing just short and hopes they will learn from the painful experience.

'Technically we're fine. But our guys have to work harder to get on the ball than bigger lads at 6ft 3ins.

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"Away from home you're going to have to take a bit of pressure and counter; it's a great finish by Leigh (Griffiths)". I can't just pick the biggest people in Scotland.

Sacked after ten excruciating months at Old Trafford, the 54-year-old has since tried and failed at Real Sociedad and most recently Sunderland; axed from his position with the Black Cats after guiding them to relegation in May following a decade in the top flight.

There are question marks over Gordon Strachan's future as Scotland manager so could this be the flawless time for David Moyes to rebuild his reputation?

"I've been fortunate to have been successful in my own career and get to places".

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But he continued in denial mode, telling journalists: "Nobody can tell me their technique, apart from one player, is better than any of ours".

'This group do it for nothing.

If Strachan were to be sacked or leave his post then there is one man who will surely be desperate for the job because in a sense it represents the final opportunity to rebuild his reputation. "Over the last two games especially they gave it everything they had". However Slovenia coach Screcko Katanec subsequently put a spanner in the works by making an inspired substitution at half-time, bringing on striker Roman Bezjak, who scored a 20-minute brace to give the home side a 2-1 lead.

'I have never been in a dressing room as silent as that. That was a real hurting silent.

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