Wes Brown believes the clash with Brazil will show England what to expect from the latter stages of the World Cup.
The Three Lions impressed in qualifying for next summer's tournament in South Africa and Brown hopes they can mount a strong challenge for glory.
However, England would have to get past a number of strong teams if they were to lift the trophy and Brown feels facing one of the favourites is perfect preparation.
"We've qualified for the World Cup now and we might as well play the best," said the Manchester United defender.
"You hope that you can reach the latter stages of tournaments and you need to know what you're up against, this is the perfect opportunity to do that.
"It's good that we're playing Brazil, it's going to be a difficult game but it's a great occasion building up to the World Cup."
Brown, who is likely to start at right-back, is relishing the chance to test himself against some of the most talented forwards on the planet.
"You always have to be on your very best form against them as they have always been one of the strongest teams in world football," he explained.
"They have so much technical ability and they punish teams - that's why they've won so many World Cups.
"I think it's going to be another experience for the lads coming up to the World Cup next year."
The friendly will be played in Qatar and Brown added: "It's going to be a different atmosphere, and there will be the heat as well to contend with, but it's all about getting used to playing different teams from different continents."