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By Emma Sanders

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  1. 'The goalkeeper guessed the right way'

    FT: England 1-2 USA

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, England captain Steph Houghton said: "I'm heartbroken but I'm very proud of the team because we fought so hard in this tournament. It was so close against the best team in the world but we are so disappointed.

    "I thought we were the better side in terms of how we played football, but ultimately, lapses in concentration cost us."

    On taking the penalty: "I got told today that I was on the penalties and I was confident because I had been scoring all week but I didn't connect with it properly and the goalkeeper guessed the right way."

  2. Tearful White 'devastated'

    England 1-2 USA

    England striker Ellen White, who scored to take her tally to six at the World Cup: "I'm going to cry. I'm devastated not to get to the final. All I feel is pride for my team-mates. USA had an amazing match and we just couldn't match them. I'm proud to be English and I wish them all the best in the final.

    "We gave everything. In the first half we were sloppy. We got ourselves back into the game with the goal and it's bitterly disappointing. We've got an unbelievable squad and we had so much belief that we'd get to that final but we just couldn't do that on the day."

    On Steph Houghton's penalty miss: "The person stepping up takes a lot of courage and we'll never put anything on Steph - she's our leader. We'll rally around them and get them ready for Saturday."

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    Alex Scott

    Ex-England international on BBC One

    When you look at the interest back home, people were looking at the girls as being "bad asses".

    But now winning has to be everything.

    They have inspired young girls and no-one can tell them they cannot, they have been watching their role models.

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    Ellen White is still very tearful as she speaks to BBC Sport. "I'm going to cry!" she says.

    You should be very proud Ellen - you're still joint-top in the race for the Golden Boot!

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    Heather: Proud of our ladies, they gave so much and came so close. Hold your heads up high.

    Bryn: Well we matched them and had the chance to make it level. Gutsy performance, worthy of a final. Well done

    Alix: Still proud of the whole team, it's just too bad we as a nation can't find a cure for Semi Final Syndrome

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    A picture tells a thousand words.

  7. 'My players gave everything'

    FT: England 1-2 USA

    England boss Phil Neville speaking to BBC Sport: "My players gave me everything. We said we wanted to leave our hearts and souls on the pitch and we did. We gave everything. They showed great experience at the end to keep the ball in the corner.

    "We just ran out of steam. I asked them to play football the way we wanted. We've done our very best. I've told them no tears tonight.

    "The disallowed goal was offside, we've had VAR decisions go our way. We got on with it. Millie Bright shouldn't have been booked in the first half. The referee wasn't really in control of the game. Then we went to three at the back and got stretched.

    "I couldn't ask for more. We had the time of our lives. Steph Houghton has had an incredible year. She's an amazing person on and off the pitch. She'll be upset. She's been phenomenal. No blame should be attached to her."

    On Saturday's third-place play-off...

    "That's football. That's sport. You've got to pick yourselves up. We've got a big game on Saturday. We'll go again."

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    As for the United States, they will compete in their third successive World Cup final on Sunday.

    They must fancy their chances of picking up a record fourth title. They have already knocked out favourites France and now England.

  9. 'Another lesson'

    FT: England 1-2 USA

    Izzy Christiansen

    England and Lyon midfielder on BBC Radio 5 Live

    It takes a huge amount of character to lead your country and step up and take that penalty in that moment. It's not failure but it's another lesson and the gold will be won.

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    England's World Cup is not quite over.

    They have a chance to equal their achievements of four years ago - where they finished above Germany in third place.

    The Lionesses will face one of the Netherlands or Sweden in Saturday's third-fourth play-off match.

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  11. 'Margins'

    FT: England 1-2 USA

    Emma Hayes

    Chelsea Women manager on BBC Radio 5 Live

    This was a fantastic performance. Women's football is going to a place that it has never been before.

    Phil Neville has done a great job with that group of players and we were margins away.

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    USA head coach Jill Ellis: "I can't express how proud I am. It was a great effort from everyone. Everyone stepped up.

    "I said that was your shining moment to Alyssa Naeher. What a stop, it was unbelievable. We have got four days in between so that will help a bit."

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    Video caption: USA celebrate reaching the Women's World Cup final
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    England boss Phil Neville is speaking to BBC Sport. He says he is proud of his players and they did everything.

    "They left their hearts on the football pitch. I'm happy."

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    Video caption: Phil Neville's post-match reaction to England's defeat to USA
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    Alex Scott

    Ex-England international on BBC One

    England were beaten by the better team.

    They were fitter, ruthless and clinical. That is the lesson England have to take.

    How do we get to the next level? They have to look and evaluate and be truthful with one another.

    Ellen white
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    It was a forgettable evening for Millie Bright. She's struggled throughout the tournament in France.

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    Video caption: Millie Bright is shown a red card for a second bookable offence
  16. 'The decision was taken before the game'

    FT: England 1-2 USA

    Rachel Brown-Finnis

    Ex-England goalkeeper on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Steph Houghton stepping up to take the biggest penalty of her career takes bravery and I'm sure the decision was made before the game.

    Steph and Carney
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    Here's the moment England's chances slipped away as Steph Houghton's penalty was saved by Alyssa Naeher.

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    Video caption: USA's Alyssa Naeher saves Steph Houghton's penalty
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    FT: England 1-2 USA

    Phil Neville gathers the England players in the circle. He has to speak to them now before they had back into the changing rooms.

    What do you even say?