The Three Lions were playing catch-up from the 20th minute when Miroslav Klose latched onto a long goal-kick by Manuel Neuer and held off a challenge from Matthew Upson to poke the ball past David James. The route to Germany's second goal, 12 minutes later, was less direct with Lukas Podolski clinically rounding off a fine team move.
Upson made partial amends for his and John Terry's below-par defending when he pulled a goal back eight minutes before the break, heading in from Steven Gerrard's centre. England should have drawn level with the next attack but although Frank Lampard's shot clearly crossed the line after bouncing down from the bar, the goal wasn't given and the score remained 2-1 for half-time.
Angered by this injustice, Fabio Capello's side started the second period at a high tempo but as time wore on, the Germans' superior quality began to tell and they regained a two-goal cushion when Thomas Muller scored from Bastian Schweinsteiger's pass on the counter-attack. Moments later, Muller grabbed his second and Germany's fourth - again it came on the break, this time from Mesut Ozil's ball across the box.
England's defeat means Rooney and Carrick are the fourth and fifth United players to exit the World Cup, following Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic and Ji-sung Park. Read ManUtd.com's World Cup blogs to see how we've followed their fortunes.