League One outfit Bury’s striker Callum Styles became the first player to play in England who was born in the 21st century after making an appearance in his side’s 3-2 win against Southend last weekend.

The youngster, born on 28 March 2000, made his debut at just 16 years and 41 days old

The teenager replaced Anthony Dudley in the 75th minute of the Shakers’ 3-2 win over Southend on Sunday.

Speaking after the game, manager David Flitcroft told Bury’s official website that “Callum came off after the game and the first thing he said to me was ‘wow, that was fast’, These kids do not realise when they come from the youth team and the pace that we play at.”

Styles, who still plays for Bury’s Under-16 side, failed to become the club’s youngest-ever player though, with their record held by Jimmy Kerr at 16 years and 15 days.

Bury also wrote on their website how the young striker ‘unknowingly’ set the record when he came off the bench.

West Brom striker Jonathan Leko became the first player born in 1999 to start a Barclays Premier League game when he was given a full debut in the Baggies’ 3-0 defeat to West Ham on April 30th.

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