The German senior national team has apologised to its fans following its group stage in Russia 2018 World Cup elimination.

The defending champions lost 0-2 to South Korea in their last group F game to end with three points.

“Dear fans, we feel just as disappointed as you,’’ the team said on its twitter handle @DFB_Team_EN.

“The World Cup only comes around every four years and we expected so much from us.

“We are sorry for not playing like world champions and as painful as it is, we deserve to be out,’’ it tweeted.

Germany are the fourth defending champions to be eliminated from the Group Stage at the World Cup in the last five tournaments (also France 2002, Italy 2010, Spain 2014).