David de Gea says the Spanish national team are "f*cked" after their shock exit from the World Cup, but has vowed that he and his team-mates will come back stronger.
Things looked like they might click into place for La Furia Roja after being matched up with the tournament hosts in the last 16, with Russia odds on to be dumped out by a side packed with Barcelona and Real Madrid stars.
It was not to be, however, as the visitors struggled to break down a stubborn Russian defence that Aleksandr Samedov said executed their gameplan perfectly, with Spain eventually losing on penalties.
Spain's lack of ability to change their tactics throughout the match could be hung in part on Julen Lopetegui's sacking following Madrid revealing that he would take over from Zinedine Zidane after the tournament.
Individual performances were also called into question, however, with De Gea himself saving just one shot throughout the tournament, but the Manchester United man insists Spain will not give up.
“To [those who] supported, suffered and criticised us with respect, thanks,” he said via a Twitter post.
“We're f*cked but we'll get up again and never give up.”
Para quienes apoyasteis, criticasteis con respeto y sufristeis con nosotros, gracias. Estamos jodidos pero nos levantaremos y no dejaremos de intentarlo 🇪🇸— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) July 2, 2018
To whom supported, suffered and criticised us with respect, thanks. We're fucked but we'll get up again and never give up. pic.twitter.com/es4NBr05CD
Captain Sergio Ramos said after the match that he and his team-mates can be proud in spite of their performance, criticising Russia's defensive play while adding that he hopes this is not the last World Cup for this crop of Spanish players.
“We leave with our heads held high.” he said. “We did everything possible.
“They played to get to penalties from the start. It was the only way to do us damage.
“We hope this isn't the last World Cup for this generation.