Jeremy Toulalan has admitted that his French side completely ran out of ideas once going a goal down in their 2-0 defeat to Mexico on Thursday.
France looked a complete shadow of their former selves as a combination of aimless tactics and a perceived lack of ambition saw them slump to an embarrassing defeat that seems likely to see the 1998 champions and 2006 runners-up exit at the first hurdle.
Coach Raymond Domenech has received much of the blame for Les Bleus' limp performance in Polokwane, but Toulalan insisted that the players should accept the blame due to their lack of ideas on the pitch.
"It was a moment of failure of a whole group because we did not know how to present an answer at the moment when it was needed," said Toulalan.
Despite their precarious position in Group A, three points behind Uruguay and the Mexicans, the Lyon midfielder confessed that he did not feel their World Cup was completely over, and taking their chances against hosts South Africa could still see them qualify.
The 26-year-old has not had an enjoyable time in his spell with the national team, having finished bottom of their group at the 2008 European Championship behind Holland, Italy and Romania.
"My worst disappointment remains Euro 2008," Toulalan added.
"Mathematically there remains still a possibility [France can qualify].
"Even if all is not finished everyone knows from now on a miracle would be necessary for us to progress."