Spain friendly will be a good test for South Korea, says Choi Kang-Hee

The trainer says playing against the Spaniards will be a welcome challenge for his side, who are seeking an eighth straight appearance at the World Cup finals
South Korea coach Choi Kang-Hee says that the upcoming friendly with Spain will be a good test for his players as they begin preparations for the final round of World Cup qualifiers.

The Taeguk Warriors will face Vicente del Bosque's side in either Austria or Switzerland on May 30.

Choi said that he is looking forward to the game against the reigning world champions, and that he will use the match to assess his Europe-based players.

"I don't think our goal is to beat Spain, we just need to gain what we can from the friendly," he told Sports Seoul.

"We have to be positive. Playing against the best team in the world will be a good experience."

But Choi will first have to sort out scheduling issues, with South Korea's domestic K-League witnessing a total of eight matches between May 26-28.

"It will be difficult to recall K-League players due to the schedule. So I think I will use players in Europe," he suggested.

"I have not decided if I will watch every Korean player in Europe. Some of them are not playing at their clubs enough."

Choi added that he had not yet made a decision on calling up Arsenal striker Park Chu-Young, who caused a stir in South Korea recently when he confirmed he would avoid his mandatory military service thanks to a Monaco visa.

"I have to consider the atmosphere in Korea about Park Chu-Young," he said. "I need to think more about the issue before making a decision."

South Korea, ranked 30th in the world by Fifa, will face Lebanon, Qatar, Uzbekistan and Iran in the final qualifying round for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.