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Fans and stars rally round devastated Lioness Laura Bassett after England's World Cup exit

Laura Bassett is consoled by Jo Potter and Head Coach Mark Sampson. Credit: PA

Fellow sports stars and fans rallied round a devastated Laura Bassett after her own goal sent Mark Sampson's side crashing out of the Women's World Cup last night.

Bassett was in tears at the final whistle after her 92nd minute interception sent Japan into Sunday's final courtesy of a 2-1 win.

As soon as the match ended she was surrounded by teammates and consoled by coach Sampson, while many fans took to social media to praise Bassett.

On Twitter people started using the hashtag #ProudofBassett to show her their support.

Fellow England player Casey Stoney, former striker Gary Lineker and comedian John Bishop were among those to back the 31-year-old Notts County defender.

Coach Sampson also paid tribute to Bassett after the final whistle, saying she "epitomised" the side during the tournament.

She's been courageous, strong and kept this team together.

She didn't deserve that but she'll be looked upon as a hero, an absolute hero.

People will remember the Laura Bassett who headed and blocked and tackled and kept this team together.

– Mark Sampson

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