INTERNATIONALS: LATE EQUALISER RESCUES ALUKO'S ENGLAND

England Ladies needed a last-gasp equaliser to salvage what could be a precious point against Russia in the European Championships.

Chelsea's Eniola Aluko started up front for Hope Powell's side, who were looking to bounce back from a 3-2 defeat against Spain in their opening game.

The Three Lions started brightly and were unfortunate not to take the lead early on, first through Ellen White and soon after Jill Scott. Aluko was then denied from close-range after pouncing on a Anita Asante flick.

However, it was Russia who broke the deadlock in the 38th minute when Nelli Korovkina headed home.

As England pushed forward after the break, Powell, sensing the need for fresh legs, replaced Aluko with Kelly Smith in the 78th minute, and it was a decision which would ultimately provide England with a late reprieve.

Two minutes into added-time, Smith turned the ball across goal where Toni Duggan arrived to fire home and prolong their stay in Sweden.

Aluko's Chelsea team-mate Dunia Susi was an unused substitute.

England play their final group game against France on Thursday, where they must win and hope other results go their way in order to qualify for the knockout stages.

Sofia Jakobsson's Sweden, meanwhile, take on Italy tomorrow.