Kiwis tout strength of character
The All Whites go into their opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 buoyed by scoring three goals against world champions Italy last week, only to lose 4-3.
"This match is something we've been looking forward to for a long time," said Herbert, whose team are in the competition as Oceania champions.
"It's a fresh challenge. I see Spain as favourites for the title.
"It's a tall order, but we are from New Zealand and we have strength of character," Herbert said. "It will certainly be a test, but coming off the Italy game, we have a lot of confidence."
Herbert, who is missing injured captain and Blackburn star Ryan Nelsen, will be looking to the experience of players like Celtic's Chris Killen and Oceania Player of the Year Shane Smeltz to guide his young side. Captain Tim Brown is also a crucial cog.
"It's a massive challenge," acknowledged Brown. "No one gives us a chance."
He said it was important that the team not be overawed by the occasion, nor by star names such as Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas lining up against them.
"We can't afford to be nervous and hopefully we can control our emotions. Our focus has to be on our performance," he said.
But they have a less than stellar record. In their six matches they have failed to pick up a point, scoring just two goals.