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Rooney's Facebook Apology After World Cup Exit
England footballer Wayne Rooney has said sorry to fans for the team's dismal World Cup showing, admitting: "It hasn't worked out."
The striker's Facebook apology came after Costa Rica beat Italy to guarantee an early exit for Roy Hodgson's squad.
The collapse of their World Cup campaign just eight days into the tournament followed 2-1 defeats to both Italy and Uruguay.
It is the first time the national side has failed to make the tournament's knockout stage since 1958.
Rooney, who is back at England's hotel in Rio de Janeiro preparing for a Costa Rica clash that will ultimately count for nothing, told his 21 million Facebook fans he was "absolutely devastated" to be leaving Brazil early.
"Going into each game we had great belief in ourselves but unfortunately it hasn't worked out," the Manchester United star wrote, his disappointment despite scoring his first ever World Cup goal all too evident.
"Sorry to all the fans that travelled and at home that we haven't done better. Gutted."
Speaking later at a press conference, Rooney said: "Obviously we are hurting - really disappointed to be out the tournament, so I am sure you can imagine it's quite tough.
"We have to try and pick ourselves up for this game on Tuesday (against Costa Rica) - go out there fighting, show our pride.
"It's not a great feeling to go out a tournament after two games.
"We have to try and restore some of our pride."
The player has been criticised by some England supporters who expected more from one of the squad's most experienced players.
But he was backed by many fans on Facebook and by his Manchester United team-mate Robin van Persie, who said: "I don't think you can blame him for scoring one goal, working his socks off and missing three chances by inches."
The Netherlands captain added: "He gave his all for his country, like he always does. He's a great player, a great goal scorer, so I don't think it's fair on him to criticise him that much."
Earlier, FA chairman Greg Dyke said Hodgson would keep his job as England manager until 2016, when the team are due to play their next major tournament.
Drawn against Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino for the Euro 2016 qualifiers which start in September, England have been given a favourable route to the finals in France.
Mr Dyke said Hodgson remained the right man for the task, telling Sky Sports News: "He came to do a four-year cycle.
"People have been asking the question: 'Will he stay?' Well, the answer is yes."
As well as Rooney, other England players have expressed their regret at the team's World Cup failure.
Striker Daniel Sturridge said he felt "sick" and "heartbroken", while captain Steven Gerrard added: "We maybe should have accepted that going for a point (against Uruguay) might have been the best option."