Simon Poulsen has insisted that Denmark did not deserve to progress from Group B at Euro 2012.
The Danes finished third behind Portugal and Germany despite fine performances against both sides following their victory over the Netherlands.
"If you don't go through, you don't deserve it," the left-back said to Goal.com.
"With a little more luck, we would have made it."
The AZ player did, however, claim that his side were proud of their overall exploits in Ukraine and Poland.
He continued: "We're very disappointed of course, but I think back on this European Championship in a couple weeks, we're going to be proud of ourselves.
"We played against some of the best teams in Europe. We had a good performance. In some aspects of the game we gave the ball away too easily and we were punished, but that's what we have to live with."
Defensive team-mate Lars Jacobsen was also happy with the team's level of play at the tournament but believes a "dominant" performance against the Portuguese that resulted in defeat cost them dear.
"I think that when you look back at the three games, we competed with three of the best teams in the world and we've done well," he claimed. "Unfortunately for us it wasn't enough, but that's football."
"Well it's always deserved if you go through, and it's well-deserved by the two teams that made it through this group, Portugal and Germany, but if we look back at the Portugal game, it was that last goal at the end for Portugal to make it 3-2 in a game that I think we dominated. That's unfortunate, but that's football.
"When we look back at it in a couple weeks we can be proud of what we've done."