Müller specifically expressed regret over missing a crucial chance in the 81st minute which could’ve levelled matters and brought back Germany into the game.
Here’s the full statement (via FC Bayern’s official Instagram account):
That was it, that one moment that sticks in your mind and keeps you awake at night. The kind of moment you work for, train for, live for. The moment where it falls on you to get your team back on level terms in a tight knockout game and send an entire football nation into ecstasy. To have this opportunity and then waste it hurts like hell. It hurts to think about the whole team, my teammates and our coach, who all put their trust in me to be there and deliver at exactly that moment. But most of all, it hurts because of all the Germany fans out there who stood by us and supported us throughout this tournament, despite the difficult circumstances. Thanks for your support
BFW Analysis: It is clear that the dreadful incident has taken a toll on Müller. While the 31-year old may have felt apologetic, he isn’t entirely to blame for Germany’s loss. Die Mannschaft’s biggest chance of the match came from a misplaced back-pass from England’s Raheem Sterling which saw Kai Havertz swiftly intercepting the ball and releasing Müller through on goal, who surprisingly went on to miss the target by a narrow margin. If anything, it said a lot more about Germany’s toothless attacking setup under Joachim Löw than Müller’s finishing prowess.
Nevertheless, those who have closely followed his career are aware that Der Raumdeuter knows how to make a comeback. Hopefully assuming that he isn’t planning on retiring from the national team, Müller can look forward to a successful collaboration with upcoming Bundestrainer Hansi Flick.