VIDEO: Obama congratulates USA heroes

The president of the United States of America spoke with goalkeeper Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey following the nation's World Cup exit to Belgium
USA president Barack Obama gave national team heroes Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey a phone call following their valiant loss to Belgium on Tuesday.

Jurgen Klinsmann's men lost 2-1 in the last-16 tie after extra-time, with Howard breaking the record for most saves made in a World Cup match (16) while Dempsey scored twice in the group stage to help fire USA to the meeting with Marc Wilmots's side.

Obama congratulated the duo on their monumental effort in Brazil and even jokingly suggested that Howard shave his facial hair so he can avoid constant attention from football fans when back in the country.

"You guys did us proud," the US president said. "As somebody whose first sport was soccer - although I was never that good - to see the way you captured the hearts and the minds of the country is unbelievable.

"You carry yourselves with a lot of class and it makes people really respect the sport. What you guys accomplished is really significant.

"Tim, I don't know how you'll survive the mobs when you come back. You'll have to shave your beard so they don't know who you are."

Watch the full video of Obama's chat with the USA stars below...