12 heartbreaking pictures that sum up Ireland's World Cup woe
"We just let ourselves down." That was the simple but devastating verdict of James McClean after Ireland's dream of playing at next summer's World Cup was torn apart by a dominant Denmark display.
"I am just devastated, not just for us, but for everyone, it's been a long campaign," said McClean after a humbling 5-1 defeat in the Lansdowne Road play-off.
The Derryman's dejection was mirrored by his fellow players as they crumbled to the ground following Ireland's World Cup heartache.
Here are 12 images that show the agony of the Irish lads who gave their all in this campaign.