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Danny Welbeck to heed Rio Ferdinand's advice

England forward Danny Welbeck says that he will heed the advice of former Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand by taking more risks.

England forward Danny Welbeck has said that he will heed the advice of former Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand by taking more risks.

In the aftermath of England's 2-1 defeat to Italy in their opening match at the World Cup, Ferdinand claimed that Welbeck would be an even better player if he took a few more risks.

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.

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Wayne Rooney of England reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 14, 2014
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