The 'Mighty Quinn', still remembered as the man who played nine pins with the English defence at Wembley in the build-up to the Scott Gibbs try four years ago, knows the only way Steve Hansen's men can reach the last four is to match the English pack.
"It's horrible playing against England," admitted the 52-times capped Llanelli Scarlet, "because you know you are going to go in and have a kicking.
"They are a very physical pack and their back division is also very large. We've always played well against teams like the All Blacks and France because they give you a chance to express yourself and play a bit of rugby.
"If we are allowed to do that then we can slug it out with the best teams in the world. But the English simply want to grab you by the neck and squeeze the life out of you for 80 minutes - and they do that very well.
"We have got to take our forward game to England at the weekend. If we can match them up front, then we can beat them, although that is going to be a very difficult task."
Speaking at the launch of the Lloyds TSB Welsh league Division One Player and Coach of the Month Awards scheme in Cardiff yesterday, Quinnell joined in the praise that has been heaped on Colin Charvis and his men following their 53-37 defeat by the All Blacks at the weekend.
The player who led his country seven times said he could hardly keep still as Wales brought the 80,000+ crowd to its feet in Sydney and captured the hearts and imagination of the rugby public around the globe.
"Sunday's performance was unbelievable. I've never really been on that side of the fence before as a fan, but I was jumping up and down and shouting my head off," admitted Quinnell.
"The players went out there and really expressed themselves and almost pulled off what would have been one of the greatest wins of our history.
"Players like Jonathan Thomas and Shane Williams really threw off the shackles and played with great style. And to think we still have players like Iestyn Harris and Martyn Williams to come back into the side.
"Everyone connected with the Welsh Squad will have taken so much out of that game. Now there is a real fight for places in the side to face England and we haven't really had that situation for some time.
"But whatever happens this has been a successful World Cup campaign for Wales and fantastic for the future of Welsh rugby. We've reached the quarter-finals and we've got a chance against England.
"Let's face it, nobody gave us a hope of getting anywhere near New Zealand, yet we went out and played so very well against them we almost caused an upset
"Now the team needs to go up to the next level where the players all believe they can wins game like New Zealand and England.