Steve Abbott picked himself up and dusted himself down after the St George flag tied around his waist got caught in the spokes of his bicycle, sending him sprawling to the pavement as he left the fan park in Bristol.
"That was bloody painful," said Abbott, a painter and decorator. He wasn't talking about the fall, but about England's dismal performance. "I'm angry and frustrated. Angry at the disallowed Lampard goal, but frustrated that players wearing the England shirt can't do better than that. By the end there was no pride. Pathetic."
In the fan parks in Bristol and Manchester, in pubs and bars across the UK, at Glastonbury and in Bloemfontein, there were complaints about the officials who missed a perfectly good goal - but also fury at England's players and manager.
"They should have sent Beckham on in his posh suit and waistcoat," said Jo Allen, another distraught fan leaving the fan park in Bristol. "I came here because I couldn't bear watching it with my eight-year-old, who's football mad ... I can hardly stand going home now and having to talk to him about it. England were just terrible. I see pub teams every week defending better than that."
In the UK, the build-up had a different rhythm to earlier match days. Ahead of the team's afternoon game against Slovenia on Wednesday, workers had left the office or factory early and charged home or into the pub, whereas today there was more time to prepare.
In pubs across the country, fans lined their stomachs with Sunday lunches and sank a few pints to steady the nerves. Cinemas, arenas and theatres put on special showings of the game.
Organisers of other events made sure there was a chance to keep up with the action. A big screen was set up on Cleeve Hill in Gloucestershire, where 3,000 Scouts were meeting. Green-fingered residents in Shepreth, Cambridgeshire, invited visitors to a gardens festival into their living rooms. And at Glastonbury up to 80,000 football fans took time out from the music to watch the game on two giant screens. Gary Smith opted to stay and watch the legendary rock guitarist Slash: "It's a choice between two good acts, but Slash is probably more likely to deliver," he said. He was right.
There had been excitement and nerves in Bloemfontein ahead of the game as England fans, some wearing red and white bowler hats and faux wartime helmets, took over the waterfront area.
Among them was Darren Wright, from Reading, who gave up his job as a market analyst to come to the World Cup. "I've supported England long enough to know not to get my hopes up," he said. "We're going to lose on penalties, aren't we?"
It was much worse than that. At half-time fans in Bloemfontein were trying to understand how Lampard's goal had been missed. Mark McGraw, a ground worker from Nottingham, said: "It's a joke. The linesman was half way up the pitch. They're trying to get us back for 66."
But England fans leaving the stadium after the game were distraught. Darren Garner, a digger driver from Peterborough, said: "They just don't seem to have the heart. We're supposed to be three lions. We looked old and useless."
Anger was also aimed at England manager Fabio Capello. Graham Langworthy, from Margate, said: "Capello has bottled it. He hasn't made any good substitution decisions the whole tournament. We should have been playing in a better formation."
It will console few that the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, admitted that Lampard's disallowed goal was over the line and told David Cameron she was sorry it did not stand. The two leaders watched the second half of the match together at the G20 summit in Toronto, where the prime minister later gave his backing to goalmouth video technology designed to eliminate doubts about the validity of goals scored.
But he conceded: "The Germans played very well, and we have some questions to answer. Everybody in the country will be disappointed by the result. We can't say we were robbed, we were beaten."
"I do think using technology in sport is beneficial. The third umpire in cricket is a good thing, machines that bleep at Wimbledon are a good thing. Maybe that's something we can look at in football."
David Cameron said: "The country will wonder 'what if?' after Frank Lampard's disallowed goal, but it was a disappointing result. At least we were all spared the agony of penalties."
The sports minister, Hugh Robertson, said: "This was a disappointing end to a tournament in which England hardly ever performed."
So are there any silver linings? Travel companies may enjoy a boom time. In the past there has been a rush for the nearest airport when England are booted out of a tournament. Bookmakers may also be relieved. An England win would have cost them £50m or more. William Hill said it would pay out to fans who had put money on Frank Lampard scoring anyway. Down in Bloemfontein, fans' thoughts turned to home. Pilot Tom Stoddart, 31, from Eastbourne, Kent, said: "I've been here three weeks, spent too much money and seen too much atrocious football ... England didn't deserve to win. The mood in the crowd is so flat. It feels too early to be going home."