Strachan refused to discuss his future after their fate was sealed on Sunday and blamed the loss on the lack of height in his side.
“Genetically we are behind,” Strachan said. “In the last campaign, we were the second smallest, apart from Spain.
Shane Long has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup Qualifier with Wales due to a hip injury, Sky sources understand.
The news comes as a serious blow for the Republic, who must beat Wales in Monday night’s Group D clash, live on Sky Sports, in order to reach the play-offs for the finals in Russia.
Irish boss Martin O’Neill could now opt to start Daryl Murphy against
Wales after the Nottingham Forest striker scored both goals in the 2-0
win over Moldova on Friday night
O’Neill is already without Burnley striker Jon Walters, who has been
missing with a knee injury, but has Preston forward Sean Maguire, who
made his international debut against Moldova, and Aston Villa striker
Scott Hogan as options.
A win for either team will guarantee a November play-off at their opponents’ expense and could yield an automatic qualifying spot if Group D leaders Serbia falter in their last game at home to Georgia.
Wales, a draw at Cardiff City Stadium would be enough to finish above
Ireland in the table – but not necessarily enough to nail a play-off
place, with Croatia also in contention.