FIFA World Cup™ on FOX Programming Highlights: Saturday Morning, July 7

Today’s Schedule & Results (all times ET):

  • England def. Sweden, 2-0 (WATCH: 90 in 90: Sweden vs. England)
  • 2:00 PM – Russia vs. Croatia (FOX)
  • 7:00 PM – FIFA WORLD CUP NOW (Twitter)
  • 12:00 AM – FIFA WORLD CUP TONIGHT (FOX / airs at midnight in all U.S. time zones)


This Morning’s Top Tweet:

This Morning’s Top Quotes:

FOX Sports game analyst Aly Wagner recaps England’s win:

“It was a mature performance from England. When you think about teams that make deep runs in tournaments, they have goalkeepers that step up. And how big was Jordan Pickford today?

“They looked more inventive in the second half. It took the first half to really get going, but you get goals from Harry Maguire, you get Dele on the board, and that’s what you need from a team that’s going to make a deep run – other players, other than your star in Harry Kane, stepping up and producing.”

FOX Sports lead studio analyst Alexi Lalas on England’s performance:

“England was better in goal. They dealt with the aerial game the entire 90 minutes without a problem. They capitalized on set pieces. I thought Sterling was wonderful in the capacity that he was used today. They shutdown Forsberg on that side. They were faster, they were fitter, they were more imaginative. They were everything they hadn’t been before, and that is the definition of a truly ‘new’ England team.”

Wagner is impressed with England’s talent and mentality:

“I think they have the talent, and I think they have the intangibles. That’s what you see out of the squads that are going deep … the unity of the team and the preparation. The mental preparation that Southgate has masterfully put together – you’re seeing it come together.”

FOX Sports studio analyst and former England international Ian Wright is ready to celebrate with his countrymen:

“I wish I could be in England tonight. It’s going to be amazing. The last time we had this fervor and excitement was 1996 … The togetherness and the way the country is – those are the things I crave. That’s what I love about when we do well in the tournament.”

FOX Sports studio analyst and former England women’s international Kelly Smith on England’s Raheem Sterling:

“His finishing is woeful, let’s not beat around the bush. He hasn’t scored in over a year in play, but his pace is frightening – it’s similar to Mbappe of France. When he gets going, when he accelerates and gets into that space, no one can catch him. But, his finishing lets him down, and that’s where the frustration is.”

Wright agrees and would like to see Marcus Rashford in the lineup:

“When you’ve got someone on the bench who’s as good as Marcus Rashford – when does he get his chance? He’s [Sterling] missed chances that we need to take.”

Lalas says Sterling’s speed is deadly, but agrees England may need a scoring threat in their lineup:

“If I’m a Swedish defender, I am happy when you take him [Sterling] off, because he’s running me ragged. I know he’s not scoring, but he’s taking up time, he’s taking up space, and not just space on the field, but he’s taking up time and space in my mind.

“I think he’s doing some things that maybe we’re not seeing or maybe not appreciating, but I recognize that going forward there’s going to come a time where you’re playing a team where you’re not going to get away with it, and that one chance is going to fall to somebody, and you’d better put it in the back of the net.”

Wagner on England’s youth:

“There’s something about this young squad. They don’t let history keep them down. They’re learning from their past and paving their own way forward.

“It’s been incredibly impressive what Gareth Southgate and that staff has been able to do, and ready this relatively inexperienced squad.”

Wagner reacts to England’s eighth set-piece goal of the World Cup:

“People can quip at that, but I would argue that they’re creating them. They’ve been incredibly brave going forward to force these moments on their opposition.”

Prior to the match, Smith called England’s Jordan Henderson an unsung hero:

“He’s an unsung hero for this England midfield. He plays simple – he gives the ball to the more creative players in the middle of the park. I don’t think he gets the recognition he deserves. … If he can have a good game today, England will win.”

This Morning’s Top Video: