Seamus Coleman described the Republic of Ireland's loss to Luxembourg as "shocking" and "embarrassing" as their World Cup qualification hopes went up in smoke.
The Ireland captain said the players failed to show pride in the shirt as they crashed to a 1-0 defeat in Dublin against a nation ranked 98th in the world.
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Speaking to RTÉ Sport's Tony O’Donoghue, Coleman said: "It’s a shocking result, an embarrassing result.
"Let’s not hide behind anyone for that, that’s on us as players. We should be embarrassed.
"As players we need to have a good hard look at ourselves. You need people demanding the ball out there and I don’t think we did that enough.
"If we were building up on one side then you need people to want it out the other side. I don’t think we heard enough voices.
"I’ve got to come out here and do an interview but there are no words for that."
Coleman said there was a lot of anger in the Ireland dressing room after the shock loss but while Luxembourg’s winner was a "sucker punch", he admitted Ireland did not deserve to take anything from the game.
"It’s not good enough and there’s no words I can say that’ll make the people at home feel any better," said Coleman.
"As players we should be disappointed to have Gavin Bazunu’s debut tainted like that. A great young lad, a fantastic player. As senior players we should be taking that on the chin for the younger lads."
The back-to-back defeats leaves Ireland bottom of Group A, their chances of reaching Qatar 2022 effectively over, with a trip to Portugal next up on 1 September.
"The only way we can do is keep your head down and keep going through the storm as players," said Coleman.
"You’ve got to be resilient in this game. We’ve got to take what’s coming as professionals.
"It’s a tough start to the World Cup campaign but we’ve got to show some pride in the shirt. I don’t think we did that tonight."
He added: "It’ll take a while to get over that one because it’s embarrassing, full stop."