Republic of Ireland defender John O'Shea has described the heavy 6-1 World Cup qualifier defeat suffered at home to Germany as a 'massive humiliation'.
The Sunderland centre back was the stand-in captain for the Boys in Green for the fixture against Die Mannschaft in the absence of Robbie Keane and he admitted that Ireland should have been better.
"Obviously, look it’s a massive humiliation at home against anybody," O’Shea told reporters after the game. "You don’t want to lose a match and there is a way to lose a match. There is not much you can say. Germany are a very good team, but we gave them a helping hand with lots of the goals.
"We started the game not too bad and kept them out quite comfortably. But then they got the two goals," added O‘Shea. "We obviously changed it a little bit to have a go in the second half and obviously we left ourselves a little open and they took full advantage to it."
Despite the manner of the defeat, O'Shea would not criticise individuals and instead stressed that football was a team game, and that Ireland would 'win as a team and lose as a team'.
The 31-year-old was also keen for the team to put the defeat behind them and to once again place their focus on qualifying from their group.
He said: "Although we lost against Germany, qualification from this group will come from our results against the other teams.
"Germany were the huge favourites to win it when the groups were made and they were made to look a massive team on the night. But we’ve helped them along the way to do that.
"You look at the other results tonight and Sweden only barely scraped home against the Faroes, so we know we’ll have a job to do over there.
"We know we can do that and we can pick ourselves up again and look forward," he concluded.
Ireland will face Faroe Islands in Torshavn on Tuesday October 16.