Socceroo striker Tomi Juric says he has what it takes to succeed veteran star Tim Cahill as his country's chief attacking threat."I think it's possible for myself to do that," the Western Sydney Wanderers FC forward said on Thursday.
"I believe in my abilities and that's why I'm here in the national team. "Everyone's here because they're good enough to be here. "You just need to work hard, keep your discipline and things will eventually come." Juric and the Socceroos had a day off from training today but will resume their preparations for the Asian Cup and their opening game on January 9 tomorrow at their Collingwood AFL base. Meanwhile, Juric has branded Nassir Al Shamrani 'unprofessional' after footage emerged of the Saudi Arabia star pushing a fan ahead of a friendly match in Geelong.
Juric is already well acquainted with the reigning AFC Player of the Year, who received an eight-match AFC Champions League ban for spitting at and attempting to head-butt Matthew Spiranovic following Al-Hilal's aggregate loss to Wanderers in the final of last year's competition.
The 31-year-old is back in the spotlight for the wrong reasons just over a week out from the AFC Asian Cup kicking off, the latest altercation taking place before a 4-1 loss to Bahrain at Simonds Stadium.
"I guess it's nothing new for him," Juric said when quizzed on the incident.
"That's just the person he is. He has to change himself or step away from the spotlight ... I just thought that was very unprofessional of him."
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