Ryan Giggs admitted he was bowing out of international football with a heavy heart following Wales' 0-0 Euro 2008 qualifier with Czech Republic.
The retiring Giggs received a rousing ovation from the Millennium Stadium crowd when was replaced in the 89th minute of the goalless stalemate which effectively ended Wales' hopes of qualifying for next summer's finals.
Wales produced arguably their best performance of a disappointing qualifying campaign and the veteran Manchester United winger admitted it was a wrench to leave the international arena.
"I don't think you could pick a best player today, everyone was outstanding," he told Sky Sports after being named man of the match.
"The Czech Republic are a very good team but we made them look ordinary at times.
"I'm just disappointed. With the chances we created that we just couldn't put the ball in the net.
"But that's the benchmark, a great performance right from the start. Defensively we didn't give them a kick. We created chances, so that's what we need to do in the future."
However, Giggs admitted he would rue a 68th minute miss when he wasted the opportunity to sign off on a goalscoring high after ending a trademark mazy run with a weak shot.
"I should have scored," he conceded. "I'd done the hard work and beat a couple of players but whipped it too much really.
"I should have scored and put it in the corner."