Germany arrived back home to an army of baying reporters and photographers on Thursday after they were sent packing from the World Cup by South Korea.
The holders became the third successive champions to be eliminated at the group stage after a shambolic performance in Russia culminated in a 2-0 defeat in Kazan.
And as they landed at Frankfurt International Airport, coach Joachim Low and captain Manuel Neuer were left to face the music as the Germans came to terms with their worst World Cup performance in 80 years.
National newspaper Bild declared the campaign as ‘the biggest disgrace in German World Cup history’.
Jerome Boateng wrote on Instagram: ‘Such a disaster. World Cup 2018 was not what we expected.
‘I’m still angry and disappointed and at the same time I feel sorry for all our fans who supported us in the stadiums.
‘Four years ago we were on top of the world – now we’re on the bottom. These are the days in the life of a football player nobody envies you for. But that’s life.
‘All I can say is thank you to our fans who always support us. We will analyse what went wrong and carry on working as we always did. I promise we’ll be back strong!’