Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill handed Aberdeen’s Jonny Hayes his first international start in an experimental side who lost out 1-0 to Iceland in the friendly at the Aviva Stadium.
Hayes lasted just more than an hour before being substituted and O’Neill claims to have learned a little more about his fringe players.
The manager said: “(The match) would be great for some of the players to play, to know what it’s like to step out and play at international level and try to do well in the length of time they’re on the field of play.
“Sometimes it is very difficult. There were a couple of lads making their debuts. John Egan, I thought, did fine.
“Some of those lads have that experience now. What will happen is that players now will obviously go back and resume club duties.
“From my own viewpoint, I hope they stay clear of serious injury and maybe the time June comes around, we might have some of the other players back.
“But who knows? It’s in the lap of the gods.”
With the Republic’s midfield failing to function, Iceland dominated much of the match and attacked in waves.
The Irish improved in the second half as Hayes and Daryl Horgan produced a series of dangerous crosses.
But while there was home huff and puff, Iceland stood firm to clinch the victory their superiority warranted.
Another international friendly saw the controversial Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system come into play for two key goal decisions.
And France’s coach Didier Deschamps believes the use of TV replays will prove the “evolution of football” after watching his side lose 2-0 against Spain at the Stade de France.
German referee Felix Zwayer made use of the technology available to both chalk off a goal for France and then overrule an incorrect offside call against Gerard Deulofeu for Spain’s second.
Deschamps said: “If it is verified and it is fair, why not (use VAR)?
“It is the evolution of football. That is how it will be.”