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USA World Cup dream ended by Belgium

The USA's World Cup campaign has ended after a 2-1 extra-time defeat against Belgium. The tournament has seen a huge rise in interest in football, with Americans reportedly the largest contingent of overseas fans who travelled to Brazil.

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Obama calls to thank US football team

President Obama made a phone call to US football captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard following their elimination from the World Cup at the hands of Belgium.

A read-out of the conversation said the President had commended the players not just for their performances but for "carrying themselves in a way that made the country proud".

Barack Obama thanked the US team for their efforts in Brazil. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

The statement also said the President had remarked how "captivating" the team's displays in Brazil had been.

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