Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has admitted Germany “screwed up together” as they crashed out of the 2018 World Cup.
Neuer, who received plenty of personal criticism for playing out on the wing in the final moments of the defeat to South Korea on Wednesday, also stated his intention to continue playing for the national team.
“You have to say we do not deserve (to go through), ” he said in quotes reported on the German federation’s official website dfb.de.
“In the second round everybody would have liked to play against us. How are we going to be dangerous to an opponent if we do not get our performance (right)?
“We gave a bad picture in the three games. I can not answer why that happened. We have to take responsibility. We screwed up, (and) we screwed up together.”
Australia crashed out of Russia after their 2-0 defeat to Peru on Tuesday, meaning they have only won two out of their 16 World Cup games going back to their debut in 1974.
Postecoglou was replaced by Dutchman Bert van Marwijk following their qualification and he insists the Australians must change their approach.
“If our way forward is to rely on our defensive stability and competitiveness, then let that be our blueprint,” he wrote on the PlayersVoice website.
“But we must shed our inferiority complex. The problem with always being the underdog is that it is a sign you haven’t improved.”
He said: “What has happened and transpired since I left the position shows me my instincts were right.
“We still want to be the underdog. We want everyone to know that eight times out of 10 we will be beaten by the very best, but that does not mean we can’t knock them off. After all we are Australians and we fear no one.
“We can’t fear failure or being exposed. The Socceroo name alone should give us that strength. We should build on the shoulders of those before us, otherwise we have failed in our responsibilities.”
It was from from fluent at times but goals from Paulinho and Thiago Silva were a fair return on what was their best performance at Russia 2018 so far.
And with news of Germany’s shock exit still settling in as the match started, Brazil’s fans can look forward with growing confidence.
Watch the goals from the contest below: