The no-nonsense defender has settled quickly into life at Stamford Bridge - and would like nothing more than to head back to club duties with bragging rights over the England players such as John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard, who misses Saturday's match because of injury.
"Of course [at Chelsea] we have had a few jokes about the game, but all in a good mood.
"They started to laugh, and they know that it is a very hard game.
"England need the points, so they can make jokes before the game - but in the match there will be no favours.
"They have desire and really want to win - but it is exactly the same for me when I play for my country, I will give 100% and try to get a good result.
"I think they are confident, but we have our target as well.
"We want to do well in each game. If we play well against England and do well, it would be very good for us.
"On paper, England are the better team, but in one game over 90 minutes, nobody knows what is going to happen."