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Most players would quickly shoot down attempts to liken them to past superstars for fear of being burdened by great expectations, but not confident young gun Tomi Juric

Surprise Socceroo debutant Tomi Juric is determined to let his football do the talking, but doesn't mind being compared with the great Mark Viduka.

Juric, 22, was picked by Holger Osieck to go to the East Asian Cup in Seoul despite rarely featuring for Adelaide United last season in what was his first campaign back in Australia following a long stay in Croatia.

Set to turn out for Western Sydney Wanderers in 2013-14, the young striker has found himself thrust into the spotlight, with his first challenge how best to describe himself to the Australian public following his debut off the bench against South Korea on Saturday.

"I get asked this a lot but I don't like talking too much about myself," Juric said.

"I think it's the time for people to sit back and have a look and then let them judge for themselves what they think I'm good at."

"I'm a nine or a 10, I can play anywhere in there."

One observer who has already formed a positive opinion is international team-mate Archie Thompson, who likened Juric to a particularly famous Australian-Croatian.

"I have been impressed by Tomi Juric, he's got a similar style to Viduka, holds the ball up well, great finisher, he's got some speed, he's definitely one for the future," Thompson said.

For his part, Juric was initially reluctant to buy into the comparison with one of Australia's finest players.

"Possibly," he said when asked if he agreed with Thompson's assessment.

"But like I said I could do that role but let me do the talking on the pitch and [I would prefer to] stay out of the media."

However, when pressed on whether or not he was happy to be described as the new Viduka, Juric warmed to the theme, and said: "Yeah I'm comfortable with everything, no worries. I'll try to fill all the shoes I can."

"Archie is top class player, he scored I think five goals in a grand final. I think he's the only one who has achieved that. I don't think anyone's done it before.

"So it means a lot and gives me a lot of confidence coming from him especially."

Juric is not alone in having been taken aback by his unlikely inclusion in the national team set-up, and talked down his chances of starting against Japan on Thursday.

"It was surprising," he said.

"Being oversees a long time then being back in Australia for a short time then coming into the Socceroos, yeah I was surprised, definitely."

 "I think it's just important to be part of the squad as well, not so much getting a start.

"If the boss thinks I'm ready for it then I'm up for it. If he doesn't, that's alright, no dramas, I'll just wait and take my opportunity when it comes."

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