Seamus Coleman says he's disappointed that Ireland's players could not deliver the quarter-final place which he believes the Irish supporters deserved.
France now march on to a date with Iceland or England in Paris next Sunday, while the Ireland players today hook up with their families and try to begin a summer holiday after a month away on international duty.
The fans' race to get home from France began last night and carried through today, but Coleman's regret is that the fans are heading home.
"The bond between the fans and the players is something special. Our fans are immense and we are so proud of them, as I'm sure they are to us.
"It means a lot to us, not just the fans who were at this game but the others as well," said the Ireland captain after the defeat to France.
"They've all played a big part over here, and all the fans sitting back home watching it as well. There is that bond there and it would have been nice if we could have just gone a bit further."
The Everton man, who didn't make the Euro 2012 squad, feels that this crop have laid down a marker for what's to come in the next tournament.
"We were probably written off after the Belgian game but now you've seen a few good young lads comes through, like Jeff, Robbie, James, big Shane Duffy as well.
"They played a big part in this tournament and the future is bright," said Coleman. "Shane came in and was brilliant, they all stepped up in the last couple of games," said Coleman.
"It's disappointing that we didn't go further but there is definitely a future for this team.
"You don't want to make excuses, France had more time to prepare and rest, but I don't want to make excuses
"We gave it our all, and our energy levels probably did drop but it was just a shame that we couldn't get another goal," added Coleman, now likely to remain as Ireland captain.