Alou Diarra admits France have been tense in their opening games of previous tournaments but insists Les Bleus they are ready to take the game to England ahead of their Euro 2012 Group D opener.
The 30-year-old described Roy Hodgson's team as "dynamic", but insisted that Laurent Blanc has set his side up to take the initiative in the match rather than wait for an opening.
“We have always been a little tense in opening games", he told reporters.
"We will try to play more released and to hurt the opponent. Be in action - not in reaction.”
The Olympique Marseille star could play a crucial role for Les Blues in the centre of midfield as France continue to sweat over the fitness of Yann M'Vila.
Diarra says he feels he deserves his chance against England and reiterated that Blanc's squad has the experience to kick-off their Euro 2012 campaign with a win.
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He continued: “I made the last two matches in the preparation [games] and proved that my impact was not small. I'm a competitor and I'm here because I have worked hard.
"I have a role on the pitch: retrieve the balls, break the opponent’s attacks. It is thankless but for the team.
“It is true that I am one of the players who has already played international competitions but we have a number [of players] who have participated in competitions. We have players who play the highest level in Europe."
Focusing on England’s individuals, Diarra picked out fellow defensive midfielder Scott Parker for individual praise, claiming that the 31-year-old is among the best players in his position.
He added: "Scott Parker has continued his good season and is one of the best in his position - aggressive in the common sense of the term.”