Gallas hopes to be in the France team to face England in Paris on Wednesday night and will renew acquaintances with Terry, Joe Cole and Frank Lampard just days after Chelsea ended Arsenal's Barclays Premier League title hopes with a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

Asked by a French newspaper who his mates were at Arsenal, Gallas said: "Mates? Well, they are more like acquaintances. At Arsenal there is Theo Walcott but he is very young.

"Really, it's the guys at Chelsea like Frank Lampard, John Terry, Wayne Bridge and Joe Cole. It always gives me pleasure to see them again.

"We all have our own lives but when we see each other - especially Terry - we always like to spend some time talking together.

"After all, I spent five years by their sides. There is always something between us. John Terry in particular. I like his mentality. He is a real warrior.

"In fact he is an example to me even though he is much younger than me."

Gallas' peculiar reaction could possibly be explained by a suggestion that he understood the question to refer to English mates at Arsenal.