Michael O'Neill is looking for his Northern Ireland side to put in a display against Holland that will stand them in good stead heading forward.
A testing fixture against one of the favourites for Euro 2012 will present many challenges to O'Neill's troops, but he has been quick to stress the importance of the fixture.
Qualification for the 2014 World Cup is due to get underway in the autumn and it is important to enter that campaign with confidence and form.
Northern Ireland's preparations for a glamour tie against Holland on Saturday have been hindered by the absence of a number of senior stars, but O'Neill is offering no excuses ahead of what is only his second game as an international manager.
"You have to approach it the same way as you would approach a qualification game," he said.
"You try and get home with some type of positive result and that's exactly how we'll approach this match.
"We've got to go to Russia in September and then Portugal in October and we'll approach those games in a very similar fashion to this one.
"The Dutch team are probably better than either of those sides but the experience of being out here - in such a magnificent arena to play in - will be invaluable when we go into those qualification games."
Among those to miss out against Holland is national skipper Steven Davis, meaning the armband will be passed to Sammy Clingan.
"Sammy is captain of his club (Coventry) and he has captained them through a very difficult season," said O'Neill.
"At times that is when you develop your true qualities as a captain. It's much more difficult to be a captain when things are tough than when things are going well.
"With the season Sammy's had behind him at Coventry and given the area of the pitch he's going to play in, he's the natural choice."
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