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Fans Rally Behind Laura Bassett After Her Own Goal Sends England Out Of The World Cup

We're all #ProudOfBassett.

England defender Laura Bassett's own goal sent the Lionesses out of the Women's World Cup in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The heartbreaking stoppage-time goal saw England lose 2-1 to Japan in the semi-final in Canada.

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The disappointed England fans could have gone straight to bed following the final whistle, but instead they started a hashtag to show their support for Bassett.

@laurabassett6 hold your head high. the entire nation is proud of you the #Lionesses. #ProudOfBassett.

@laurabassett6 #proudofbassett you held off the holding champions to the very brink, that is something you should be so proud of.

Amazing journey, heartbreaking end! Seeing you cry had me in tears... We are all extremely #ProudOfBassett & the entire #Lionesses Squad ⚽

Bassett has over 50 caps for England, and is a popular member of the national team.

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As one fan wrote, "A team is a team always".

A team is a team always, can't move forwards while standing still thinking 'what if' #ProudOfBassett proud of #ENG ❤️

For many, it wasn't even a question.

Really unlucky last night #Lionesses didn't deserve to lose, let's get 3rd place #ProudOfBassett

Still utterly devastated by the #Lionesses exit but couldn't be prouder of them. Didn't deserve that #ProudofBassett

Even football fans from outside the country got involved.

#FIFAWWC #ENGvJPN #ProudofBassett Hi from the U.S. Great effort. Be proud. No shame in that game. Congratulations to Japan.

Although someone people got the wrong Laura Bassett.

Guys I'm not Laura Bassett the soccer player. But feel free to continue tweeting at me it's kinda fun

The support for the England defender was overwhelming.

@laurabassett6 You've done the whole country proud. Hold your head up. We love you. #ProudOfBassett.

It is 25 years since we were in a World Cup semi final. Congrats Lionesses @laurabassett6 #ProudofBassett #itcouldhavegoneanywhere

@laurabassett6 One moment of gut-wrenching luck will not define you, no matter how heartbreaking. A champion all tournament. #ProudofBassett

Celebrities and former players also showed their support.

What a dreadful way to lose! Poor, poor Laura Bassett.

Gutted for Laura Bassett and all the England women's team but they should hold their head up high.It's been a tremendous effort #Lionesses

As did family members.

Have always been immensely proud of my sister. What I saw today only increases that. Love you our kid. #ProudOfBassett


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