Michael O’Neill is vehement to build on Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 foundations with a training stay in Turkey in a entrance week.
Northern Ireland’s coming in France was their initial during a critical contest in 30 years and they done a name for themselves with a warn run to a final 16 before losing out to contingent semi-finalists Wales.
O’Neill had a series of fresh players – including Tom Flanagan, Shay McCartan and Paul Paton – in his patrol for Friday’s 1-0 home feat over New Zealand, though he still sees justification of a group suggestion taken divided from a European Championship.
Ahead of subsequent Saturday’s World Cup qualifier opposite Azerbaijan in Baku, Northern Ireland will control their preparations in Turkey – something O’Neill hopes can urge their chances of finishing their bid for a place during Russia 2018 strongly.
“It’s critical for us, really. Normally if we have them for 9 days you’ve got to understanding with dual games and you’ve got to understanding with travel, so it’s a outrageous challenge,” O’Neill told BBC Sport. “You tend to have to do all your credentials in a initial 3 or 4 days.
“I consider a time we had in France was useful to us. we still see a advantages of that in a group and this [the Turkey training camp] is another covering of preparation.
“We’re going to be down with Craig Cathcart unfortunately taken to us due to injury, we’re going to be down 7 of a outfield players that were in France, so that’s a large cube of a patrol that we had in a Euros – on tip of that Chris Baird is no longer personification general football.
“So we have to find new players in that conditions and a players that came in gave me something to consider about.”
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O’Neill was quite gratified for Liam Boyce, who non-stop his general comment on a behind of a deteriorate that saw a Ross County striker tip a Scottish Premiership scoring charts before being transposed by Kyle Lafferty during half-time.
He said: “I’m gay for him. It’s critical to measure your initial general goal, quite as a striker. He came in and he took it intensely well, his all-round play was excellent.
“We only stable him a small bit, he had a small bit of narrowing in his hip flexor so we didn’t wish to take any chances with him.
“In a 45 mins he was on a representation we consider we saw a actor during a tip of his game.”