The morning after the night before is often a time for reflecting on what might have been.
But for French football fans, the hangover began moments after the team crashed out of the World Cup.
Internal divisions, a player sent home in disgrace and a refusal to train culminated in defeat to the hosts South Africa last night.
France’s on and off the pitch antics have made this the worst World Cup campaign in the country’s history, and few can be more angry than supporters who made the trip down south.
“It is scandalous. They can’t even be bothered to run,” lamented one fan.
“It is not a team, just a bunch of spoilt little kids,” added another.
Most fans will likely be glad it is the end of the road for unpopular coach Raymond Domenech, who was already set to be replaced. Some players are also unlikely to be pulling on the blue shirt again.
But the man held responsible by many people says now is not the time for him to step down.
Jean-Pierre Escalettes, President of the Fédération de Football Français, said: “I still feel loyal to what I believe in, and I have no right to leave this (sinking) ship at this point in time.”
Heads are likely to roll however with a presidential inquiry into the team’s affairs and management now set to take place.