The thing is, Scotland can currently call upon more players from the English Premier League - considered by many to be the best division in the world - than at any time in the preceding 20 years.
But even the most technically adept of those - Shaun Maloney and Steven Naismith for instance - would struggle to make the starting line-ups of any of the other nations in Group A.
Steps are being taken to try to address this, with centres of excellence being created, new facilities being developed and a new footballing culture being introduced.
That is laudable and welcome, but also at least 20 years too late and of little help in addressing the problem in the short term.
Another fact that cannot be ignored is the starting line-up against Serbia featured not one player from a Scottish Premier League club.
That is a damning indictment of a league that has been on the decline, quality-wise, for years.
Highlights - Serbia 2-0 Scotland
I recently visited Switzerland to conduct various interviews about the proposed league reconstruction in Scotland and was told they had reduced the size of the league and introduced rules to ensure young Swiss players were bred and cultivated as that country sought to reverse a decline in the fortunes of their national team.
Other factors have also contributed, but the Swiss have begun to improve again.
Despite the evidence that reducing the size of the league improves the product on the pitch, the SPL was unable to push through such a move and is now aiming to embark on a different venture altogether.
What seems certain is that if the status quo remains, Scottish football will continue to stagnate, at domestic level and beyond.
However, the immediate concern for Strachan is how to put an end to this embarrassing run of results.
Strachan will be afforded time to get things right, but he is currently staring down the barrel of a qualifying campaign with no victories.
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