Wembley was still in celebratory mode following Raheem Sterling’s 75th minute opener when the Manchester City star’s wayward pass presented Havertz with the opportunity to put Muller through on goal.
Kai Havertz moved towards England defence, making a goal leading pass to Thomas Muller. But the Germany forward missed the golden opportunity.
Muller sunk to his knees in disbelief and his error was compounded shortly afterwards when Harry Kane’s diving header confirmed a landmark victory that sent England into the quarter-finals.
On reacting to Muller’s decisive miss, Chelsea star Havertz said:
‘No (he doesn’t often miss those opportunities) but all offensive players had good chances so it’s not only about Thomas it’s about everybody the whole team.
‘We could’ve created more chances, we didn’t do that so it’s very tough to take that. England has a good squad, good players. We have them too of course and we are very disappointed to lose the game but we have to keep on going and it’s hard to take for us.’
Germany will now look to appoint a new head coach after Joachim Low’s long reign came to an end in agonising circumstances.
On the 61-year-old’s impending departure, Havertz added: ‘It is very hard for us he is for Germany the biggest manager of all-time. The whole country is proud of him, the players are proud of him.
‘The career he’s had is unbelievable and we are disappointed not to give him the best end. Of course he is a great manager and a great person for all of us.’