SUNDERLAND: The former England winger Adam Johnson has been sacked by Sunderland after pleading guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one charge of grooming.

The 28-year-old footballer’s contract was terminated hours after he was dropped for tomorrow’s Premier League match against Manchester United. He is currently standing rial on two further counts of sexual activity with a child, which he denies.

After Johnson’s arrest in March 2015, the club suspended him, but then lifted the ban following talks with his representatives and the Professional Footballers’ Association. Adidas has cancelled its contract with the midfielder.

In his last appearance for the Black Cats, England international Johnson – who played while on bail – scored in a 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield.

Johnson, who was born in Sunderland, began his career at Middlesbrough before moving to Manchester City and then to Sunderland for £10m in 2012.

The trial of Johnson, who has won 12 England caps, will take place at Bradford Crown Court and is expected to last two weeks.