When Welbeck was asked about Ferdinand's comments, the 23-year-old told BT Sport: "I take what Rio says on board. He's seen me grow up and develop from a young kid, from 13.
"When I got into the first team he spoke to me about what I can do, my strengths and my weaknesses. He's helped me a lot as a footballer, and if he's telling me to take more risks I will take more risks.
"I spoke to him before and after the game, we're in regular contact, and he just wants me to be the best I can."
England face Uruguay in their second match in Group D on Thursday.