Wayne Rooney has apologised to England fans on Facebook following the nation’s early exit from the 2014 World Cup.
The Three Lions crashed out of the tournament following a second consecutive defeat to Uruguay on Tuesday night, and that coupled with Costa Rica’s surprise win over Italy on Wednesday meant the end for Roy Hodgson’s side.
Despite personally getting off the mark for the first time in three attempts at a World Cup, the Manchester United forward appears to have taken no pleasure in the achievement, and admitted to being ‘devastated’ in the post on the social media website.
"Absolutely devastated to be out of the World Cup. Going into each game we had great belief in ourselves but unfortunately it hasn't worked out,” he wrote on the site.
"Sorry to all the fans that travelled and at home that we haven't done better…gutted!”
It’s not the first time Rooney has taken to Facebook during the competition, with the Old Trafford icon responding to media speculation after taking part in additional individual training ahead of the match against Uruguay.
And, whilst he notched his 40th international goal in the ensuing encounter, it’s the overall outcome which has left the Red Devils hitman ‘gutted’.
England went into the tournament with limited expectations, but an impressive performance in defeat against Italy had raised hopes that Roy Hodgson’s side could do well against the odds in South America.
Daniel Sturridge’s goal in the opener in Manaus proved only to be a consolation in a 2-1 defeat, and the same was eventually true of Rooney’s equaliser against Uruguay.
The 28-year-old tapped in from close range after good work from Glen Johnson down the right hand side, but Liverpool striker Luis Suarez added to his opening header with a late strike from a long punt down field.
Despite the defeat and subsequent exit, Rooney and Co will need to lift themselves for the final Group D game against already qualified Costa Rica on Tuesday.
The side from Central America were expected to be one of the weakest in the tournament, but they’ve defied the odds to pick up maximum points against England’s two conquerors.
And, judging by Rooney’s comments, the Three Lions will be looking to do it for the fans as much as themselves when they take to the pitch in Belo Horezonte.