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Laura Bassett Own Goal: England Lose Women's World Cup Semi-Final And Kelly Smith Reacts

02/07/2015 10:39 BST | Updated 02/07/2015 17:59 BST

Ex-England football legend Kelly Smith has spoken out about the painful loss in the semi-final of the Women's World Cup.

The nail-biting game left the Lionesses red-faced in the 91st minute as Laura Bassett netted an own goal, leaving the score 2-1 to Japan.

The last minute drama left the teams' World Cup hopes crushed just minutes away from extra-time.

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England's dreams were crushed (file photo)

Kelly Smith, who currently holds the record for most England goals, told Fox Sports: "It's a cruel way to leave the tournament and it's absolutely devastating for Laura Bassett"

"I've played with her for years and she's just a great personality."

"It's not the end for Laura Bassett - it will be tough for a while but she'll grow from this."

Devastated fans are flocking to social media to discuss the heart-breaking moment with many leaving supportive messages for the defender on Twitter:

The England team beat Norway and Canada in the knockout stages of the World Cup and now they will face Germany for the 3rd place medal.