Mesut Ozil says it "hurts so much" for Germany to fall at the World Cup's first hurdle, failing to qualify for the knockout round.
Germany were among the pre-tournament favourites, having triumphed at last year's Confederations Cup to add to their Brazil 2014 crown.
But Die Mannschaft instead failed to pass the first round for the first time since 1938, leaving Ozil to rue what went wrong.
Following the loss to South Korea, Germany coach Joachim Low insisted Ozil was not the only player to produce a below-par performance , but that didn't stop the criticism of the Arsenal midfielder from rolling in .
Having seen all vitriol pointed his way, the 29-year-old claims that it could be a while before he can fully move on from the disaster that was Germany's 2018 World Cup run .
"Having to leave the World Cup already after the group stage hurts so much," Ozil posted on Instagram.
"We just weren't good enough. I'll need some time to get over it."
Under Low's leadership, Germany reached the final of Euro 2008, as well as the last four at the following European Championships and the 2010 World Cup.