David de Gea has described Spain as “f*****” following their shock World Cup exit.
The 2010 world champions were eliminated by hosts Russia on penalties at the last-16 stage on Sunday.
The Manchester United goalkeeper wrote on Twitter: “To whom supported, suffered and criticised us with respect, thanks. We’re f***** but we’ll get up again and never give up.”
The second-round exit was the culmination of a disappointing campaign that began in chaotic fashion with the sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui two days before their opening fixture.
They featured in a compelling 3-3 draw with Portugal in their opening group game but then laboured to a 1-0 victory over Iran and were held 2-2 by Morocco.
Spain took an early lead against Russia in Moscow but were pegged back to 1-1 and eventually beaten 4-3 in a shoot-out.
Midfielder Koke wrote on Twitter: “One of the hardest days of my career, but football is like that and I will continue to fight to get the successes.
“I appreciate the support, I’m sure this will make me stronger. It is time to reflect and look forward to the future with enthusiasm. For us and you, we will return.”