West Ham United defender Matthew Upson is ready to partner England captain John Terry in defence tonight against Croatia.

"I enjoy playing with John," said Upson, who has emerged as a serious contender to rival Terry and the injured Rio Ferdinand in the centre-back positions.

"He is very good. You know what his game is all about and he goes and does it. You are aware of where he puts himself and play as a partnership. [It is important] to understand the other's quality."