A mistake from opening Three Lions goalscorer Raheem Sterling led to the Bayern Munich stalwart racing through on goal with a glorious opportunity to level Tuesday evening’s last-16 tie at Wembley, though, to the contrasting disbelief of everyone watching both in the stadium and at home, he guided his low shot agonisingly wide of the far post.
Muller’s remarkable miss was compounded shortly afterwards, when Harry Kane headed in Jack Grealish’s cross to seal a 2-0 win for England - their first in a knockout match against old rivals Germany since the 1966 World Cup Final.
The 31-year-old - who has scored 39 goals in 106 senior caps for his country - was visibly crestfallen after spurning Germany’s best hope of avoiding defeat, sinking to his knees with his hands on his head.
Addressing the miss on Instagram on Wednesday, Muller wrote: “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.
“I’m hurting for 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 European Championship, despite the difficult circumstances. Thank you for your support.”