Alessia Russo is by far Englands best super sub after smashing Defoes record

Alessia Russo has claimed the crown of England's best super sub after smashing the record previously held by Jermain Defoe.

The Lionesses forward was once again used as a second-half substitute by manager Sarina Wiegman in England's European final victory and was unfortunate not to find herself on the scoresheet for the fifth time this tournament.

Russo, 23, recorded goals against Norway, Sweden and Northern Ireland (x2) on the Lionesses' road to Wembley but saw her powerful effort tipped over the bar by Germany goalkeeper Merle Frohms in the final stages of their 2-1 victory, ending the home tournament averaging a goal every 68 minutes.

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But that number pales in comparison to her combined international record, which stands at a mind-boggling goal every 39 minutes when called from the bench. The Manchester United striker has scored seven goals as a substitute for the Lionesses since making her debut in March 2020.

Netting a hat-trick in a 20-0 mauling of Latvia in 2023 World Cup qualifying, Russo's 11-minute treble is the fastest by any English player in history. And the 23-year-old is also now the Three Lions' greatest-ever super sub.

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Equalling Defoe's record of seven substitute goals with an incredible backheeled finish against Sweden in the semi-finals, Russo's vastly superior goal-per-minute ratio means she takes the crown ahead of the former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United forward, who retired from football earlier this year.

Defoe controversially opted to hang up his boots just 53 days after returning to Sunderland in the January transfer window and so missed out on the Black Cats' return to the Championship when they defeated Wycombe Wanderers in the League One play-off final.


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