AN Oxfordshire teenager earned rave reviews as he broke a Vanarama National League record.

James Callan became the youngest goalkeeper to make an appearance in the fifth tier when he came on in the 53rd minute of Barnet's 1-0 defeat at Sutton United.

The former pupil at Lord Williams's School, Thame, replaced injured teammate Aymen Azaze aged just 16 years and 325 days.

The Oxford-born stopper is thought to be the only 16-year-old in his position to have featured in the top five divisions in English football.

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Although he could not prevent a defeat for the division's bottom side, Callan impressed Barnet boss Simon Bassey.

He said: "He's the bravest kid I think I've ever met.

"It was fantastic for him to come in, I thought he equipped himself really well.

"You watch him train and he has no fear, he really stepped up to the plate.

"I'm really pleased for him."

Callan is also registered with Letcombe, near Wantage, who play in Uhlsport Hellenic League Division Two South.

The teenager played in two pre-season friendlies last September and has also appeared for Oxfordshire schools Under 16s.

Callan was due to make his competitive Letcombe debut at Adderbury at the start of the season, but it clashed with a place in Barnet's matchday squad.

Club secretary Des Williams said: "We would like to congratulate him on his achievement and to wish him every success in his future career."