Women's World Cup: Laura Bassett will pick herself up - mum

Laura Bassett's mother says England's meeting with bitter rivals Germany in Saturday's third-place World Cup play-off will help her daughter recover from her last-minute own-goal heartache.

Marie and husband Keith watched from their home in Bulkington as Bassett broke down in tears after deflecting a cross home to give Japan a 2-1 win.

"I know she will pick herself up," Marie told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.

"She has another game to get through which she'll relish, playing Germany."

Marie described the moment Bassett's own-goal came off the underside of the crossbar and bounced over the line as "surreal".

"Everything seemed to stop. When the ball came down from the bar, it all seemed to stop and all of a sudden it is a goal," she added.

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"I can see Laura's face now. It was a fluke, nothing but a fluke goal.

"I thought Laura had an excellent game, as did all the girls. When I saw her crying, it did it for me - it was awful."

Fern Whelan, who plays in defence alongside Bassett for Women's Super League One side Notts County Ladies, said her team-mate will deal with the traumatic end to Thursday's semi-final.

"She has all the experience under her belt and the character to know that it was a mistake and mistakes happen to professionals day in and day out," Whelan told BBC Sport.

With the Lady Magpies sitting third in England's top flight, just three points from the summit, and through to August's Women's FA Cup final, Whelan insisted there was a lot for Bassett to look forward to on her return from Canada.

"Hopefully she can take it on the chin and look forward to what is going to be a good second half of the season," Whelan said.

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Laura Bassett is devastated after scoring the own goal

"No-one is going to make a fuss about it, we are going to be looking forward so it will business as usual."

Notts County boss Rick Passmoor, who brought Bassett to Meadow Lane from Chelsea and made her captain, described the own goal as a "one in a thousand ricochet".

"She is in a good environment to get any help if she needs it," Passmoor said.

"Trust me, she is a character, has a strong personality."

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