"He's not a bad player, is he?," Collison quipped to whufc.com. "He was playing in the hole and I was in a defensive midfield role and I was just trying to get in and around him but he is such a clever player. I probably learned as much in that 45 minutes playing up against him as I have all season."
He added that he did not get a chance to talk much with club-mate Craig Bellamy as "I was so busy trying to get the ball back!
"To play against someone like that can only help me progress," Collison continued, before going on to describe his first two caps as "what I have been working hard for all season".