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England have ‘clear path to semis’

England have ‘clear path to semis’
England’s midfielder Dele Alli takes part in a training session at Spartak Zelenogorsk Stadium in Saint Petersburg yesterday ahead of their World Cup football last 16 match against Colombia. AFP photo

Paul Merson  believes that the Three Lions will be disappointed if they fail to reach the last four of the tournament in Russia, reports Goal.com.

England have a clear path to the World Cup semi-finals and should not be afraid of Colombia, according to former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson. The Three Lions finished second in Group G, beating Tunisia and Panama, but losing to Belgium, and many have speculated that their finish actually leaves them with an easier route through the tournament.

Indeed, while Belgium could face Brazil or Mexico in the quarter-finals, the Three Lions will play either Sweden or Switzerland, provided they can beat Colombia.

“I watched Colombia the other day and there's nothing to be scared of there for England,” he told Sky Sports.

Despite Merson's ebullience, he has backed Brazil to win the tournament, despite the Samba stars facing a tricky last 16 encounter against Germany's conquerors, Mexico.

“However, from here if we don't reach the semi-finals you have to class it as disappointing. The route we've got now is Colombia, who have been poor and had James Rodriguez limp out of the Senegal game. “Then it's Sweden or Switzerland. No disrespect to the two countries but if you can't beat them you are not winning World Cups.”

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