England's Laura Bassett is consoled by team-mate Jo Potter (Picture:) AP
England's Laura Bassett is consoled by team-mate Jo Potter (Picture:) AP

It wouldn't be a World Cup without some form of cruel heartbreak for England and the women's team fared no differently from their male counterparts over the years as their dream ended on Wednesday night in last-minute agony.

Laura Bassett, the Lionesses' centre-half, scored a freak injury-time own goal as the team went down 2-1 to defending champions Japan in Edmonton.

Picture: Getty

The team had been hoping to reach only England's second World Cup final - the other being the men's 1966 triumph.

But that all ended in the dying moments of the game as Bassett, running back towards her own goal, shinned a Nahomi Kawasumi cross from the right, off the cross-bar and into her own net.

Vine: Fifa

It is heartbreaking. Laura Bassett has been courageous, strong, kept this group together, she didn't deserve that. She’ll be looked upon as hero, the Laura Bassett who headed and blocked.

Mark Sampson (Picture: Getty)

I told the girls it is OK to cry. They left everything on the field, they could not give anymore. I am so proud of them. They have inspired a nation.

  • Mark Sampson, England's manager
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