TheFA.com's Insider provides his final blog after returning from the World Cup.
Well, that obviously didn't quite go to plan, and in truth there is very little that I can say about England's exit from the World Cup.
Purely in the interests of completion, I wanted to describe the final days of the campaign, and perhaps shed light on the pain felt by every single person involved in the camp.
The support staff to Fabio Capello and his players have been working for months and years to prepare for this tournament, and nothing was left to chance.
By the same token, the players and coaches have worked their entire lives to reach the summit of football, and no-one has taken defeat lightly. The sacrifices from a very young age made by the players and the coaching staff should not be forgotten at this time.
Just as the defeat hurts everyone personally, it is immediately clear that the supporters who have followed England throughout the World Cup were not rewarded for their endeavours. From Fabio, captain Steven Gerrard through the entire squad, they have all issued their apologies for not being able to live up to the incredible fans who go wherever the team turn out.
To suggest that there was any lack of desire, passion or effort would be misguided. Being honest about our performance would result in admitted shortcomings, but the passion of the players and the hurt they have felt since the whistle sounded on their World Cup ambitions on Sunday evening has not been lacking.
Having lost to Germany on the pitch, we also lost out on the flight slot back to our base camp as they arrived at Bloemfontein airport first. It was a moment of dignity from both sides as the Germans offered consolation, and the English a wish of good luck to their conquerors who boarded their flight and can look forward to a meeting with Argentina on Saturday.
Monday was a strange day, as the mass of kit and equipment was packed up and arrangements made for our return to England, and while myself and other staff got on with the sizeable task at hand there was the emotions of being out of the competition in the shadows of every task we took on.
Fabio Capello visited the media centre at our hotel for the final gathering of media before our departure. Those in the English press travelled through the night to return from Bloemfontein to Rustenburg, and though weary still had sharpened pencils and sharper questions as the inquest began.
Many will speculate on the future and offer their own conclusions as to how England can succeed in the future.
We at The FA must provide a solution worthy of the supporters who follow us, and our senior figures will do their level best to make that happen.
I personally am sorry to be writing this final blog from my living room in June. I had hoped to remain south of the equator for a little while longer, but it was not meant to be.
Your comments and questions are welcome as always,