England can 'hurt' any team in the World Cup, says Welbeck

03 July, 2018, 01:56 | Author: Elena Meyer
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"I watched Colombia the other day and there's nothing to be scared of there for England".

Marcus Rashford has insisted he would be prepared to take a penalty if England's last 16 clash with Colombia on Tuesday night ends in a draw after 120 minutes.

The most notable absentee from Gareth Southgate's second-string selection, the tournament's leading scorer, had presented himself for interview post-match looking fresh.

He has been practising penalties and certainly there were no problems against Panama.

Defeat to Belgium in their third group game on Thursday may not prove costly for England, as it means they arguably have a more straightforward route to the semi-finals.

"But when we are in possession, it allows me to get further forward to get beyond the striker a bit more and get into goalscoring positions", he said.

Tottenham forward Kane, who has netted every time he's worn the captain's armband for England and has notched five times in two World Cup appearances so far, now leads the race for the Golden Boot despite being rested in England final group stage game, a 1-0 defeat against Belgium.

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"Ten months ago we qualified for the World Cup by beating Slovenia and people were throwing paper airplanes on to the pitch at Wembley".

Things seem to be riding high for England with every bounce going their way while they sit and watch other top teams tumble out of the tournament.

The center back was among the 21 players practicing in light rain on Saturday at England's training base just outside St. Petersburg.

England made a positive impression in the early stages of the tournament in Russian Federation and are now looking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2006.

Four years later in South Africa, Fabio Capello's team were humbled by Germany in the last 16 while Roy Hodgson's side went out on penalties to Italy in the last eight of Euro 2012, failed to get out of the group in Brazil before the last-16 exit to Iceland in Euro 2016 that will remain a scar on England's worldwide psyche. I'm fully focused on the game tomorrow and my wife is very strong'. Friends have told me what he said.

"For any player to miss matches at this level when you have worked so hard to get to this stage is very difficult", Southgate said when asked about Alli's absence. "We aren't going to change for no one and no team".

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