Gordon Strachan: Gary Caldwell says he should 'without doubt' stay Scotland boss
Former Scotland defender Gary Caldwell believes Gordon Strachan remains "the best man for the job" despite the 3-0 defeat by England at Wembley.
Scotland lie second bottom of Group F with only four points from their opening four games.
But Caldwell says it would be a mistake if the Scottish FA made a change now.
"He's got great experience, great passion for the country and for football and he backs his players," Caldwell told BBC's Football Focus.
"He showed a real backing for his players because they are giving him everything.
"Sometimes in football a little bit of quality can beat you, but he sees a lot from this group. It's a relatively new group of players.
"There's some younger players in there like Oliver Burke who is doing excellent in Germany.
"So it's important that we give him time to work with him and improve."
Strachan made eight changes to the side that lost 3-0 to Slovakia in October, but three headers from Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill leaves Scotland six points behind England and four behind second-placed Slovenia.
The 59-year-old took charge in January 2013 after replacing Craig Levein but was unable to salvage the 2014 World Cup campaign and led Scotland to fourth in their Euro 2016 qualifying group.
Caldwell, who earned 55 caps for Scotland, played under Strachan at Celtic, felt there were encouraging moments for Scotland at Wembley with Grant Hanley, James Forrest and Robert Snodgrass all going close.
"I think anyone that knows football and watched the game will see that we did a lot right within the game," added Caldwell.
"His team selection was right. I think he was worried about the pace of England and Ikechi Anya and Christophe Berra coming in were there to combat that.
"We created chances, chances that you would expect players to score.
"As much as the manager has to take the responsibility, he can't put it in the net for the players and unfortunately the players just didn't take the opportunities."