Laurent Blanc and Florent Malouda are relishing the challenge of trying to beat England at Wembley.
Blanc took charge of Les Bleus after a disastrous World Cup campaign this summer and has been satisfied with their results over the past few months.
But while France have made an encouraging start to Euro 2012 qualification, Blanc feels Wednesday's clash with England will provide a real measure of their progress.
"A lot of you want to see what the France team can achieve against England. I'm in the same boat as you," he told reporters.
"There isn't the pressure for a result because it's not a competition game but it will be a prestige match. I prefer to assess the current season more than the year."
Blanc accepts that the game against the Three Lions will be the highest-profile fixture France have played since South Africa.
"It will be quality opposition, the best team that we've had to play since August," he said.
"I want to receive a strong sign from the team, to see how they behave under such circumstances.
"Through the collective effort, individual performances will be analysed ... and they can show the coach that they have an international level.
"The English are ranked above us in the Fifa standings, they are among the top ten European teams and measuring ourselves against them will be interesting."
England's World Cup performance may have been more respectable than that of France but Fabio Capello's men still did not cover themselves in glory after losing 4-1 to Germany in the second round.
However, Blanc believes England could have beaten Germany if Frank Lampard's goal had been allowed to stand when the score was 2-1.
"I thought that England had the ability to go further in the World Cup. Even if the match against the Germans was difficult, there was a piece of play which went against England," he said.
"Without that I'm not certain that they wouldn't have gone further."
Blanc believes France have improved since he took over from Raymond Domenech after the World Cup.
"They've progressed collectively, notably in the defensive domain," he said.
"For the past three matches, even if there are still things to sort out, we're satisfied. Other areas can be improved - the attack, the offensive game - we still don't have the efficiency that we should have."
Chelsea midfielder Malouda is also looking forward to the encounter and feels it is important for France to win even though there are no points at stake.
"There are lots of games coming up in the Premier League but when you play England at Wembley, it is a big moment," said Malouda.
"A good performance and good result will be good for our confidence and provide a reference point to show exactly where we are as a team.
"We are on the way up and it is a moment for the youngsters in the team to create a bit of history but let's not put too much pressure on them by expecting too much too soon.
"These games against England and then Brazil, if we do well, will put us in a positive frame of mind for when the European qualifiers begin again.
"The idea is to move up the Fifa rankings and, playing and doing well against the likes of England and Brazil, is a good chance to do that."