Germany suffered an embarrassing setback to their Euro 2004 preparations as they went down to a 5-1 thrashing against Romania in Bucharest – a result described by skipper Oliver Kahn as ‘humiliating’.

“There is no excuse for this,’ said Kahn. ‘We let ourselves be slaughtered. It was humiliating.”

Germany coach Rudi Voeller added: “I felt worse after the loss to England, but it still hurts.

“There is no excuse, although we’ll probably never play again with this line-up.

“I expecteed a bit of disorder at the back but we made errors that made us look like amateurs and we were heavily punished.

“But we’ll put it behind us, just like we put the England defeat behind us and went on to play a good World Cup.”