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

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The Three Lions face Colombia in the knockout stages, and the Gunners forward believes they are in a promising position ahead of the game

England can "hurt" any team they play, according to Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck.

The Three Lions finished second in Group G, beating Tunisia and Panama and losing to Belgium.

It has been much discussed, but the result against the Red Devils may well have opened up an easier path for Gareth Southgate's side, who will face Colombia in the last 16. Victory over Jose Pekerman's side would then lead to a quarter-final against either Sweden or Switzerland, before a potential semi-final against Russia or Croatia.

As England prepare to take on the South American opposition, Welbeck is confident that his side can beat any opponent they face, despite the country failing to win a knockout game since 2006, when they defeated Ecuador.

"We will do our analysis of Colombia. We know the strengths and weaknesses we will be looking to exploit," he told Sky Sports News.

"With the players in our squad, we can hurt any opposition."

England have been effective from set-pieces at the tournament, with six of their eight goals coming from either corners or free-kicks.

Welbeck, though, maintains that he and his team-mates are more than capable of scoring from any situation.

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 "With the formation we play, we like to keep possession of the ball but we also like to create opportunities," he added.

"There has been a lot of talk about set-pieces and getting goals from that but in this tournament a lot of goals have been scored from set-pieces.

"We have created opportunities but maybe we have been fouled in dangerous positions, which is leading to us not getting as many goals from open play."

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