Michael O’Neill believes next month’s friendly against Turkey will present a “stern test” for his younger players.
It was confirmed on Tuesday that Northern Ireland will play the Turks – currently ranked 40th in the world – in Adana on November 15.
“It will be a stern test against a strong team ranked 40th in the world, so I am looking forward to it,” said O’Neill.
“An away fixture in Turkey is always challenging and it is another chance for the players, particularly the younger members of the squad, to impress against demanding opposition away from home.
“Games like this always help in terms of preparing the players and better equipping them for dealing with future away fixtures.
“It is also a chance to build on the positives of our recent display and result in Israel.”
O’Neill will sit down with the Irish FA tomorrow to continue talks over his future.
The 44-year-old former midfielder is closing in on a new two-year deal which will see him remain at the helm for the 2016 Euro Championship qualifiers.
Northern Ireland finished fifth of six teams in their World Cup qualifying group.
They finished the campaign with a spirited 1-1 draw with Israel in Tel Aviv on October 15.