Sunderland cut ties with Adam Johnson after his guilty plea

England international pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a child

Adam Johnson, court, Sunderland,

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Sunderland have terminated Adam Johnson's contract with immediate effect.

The decision comes after the England winger pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a child.

He denies two other charges involving the same girl, and is due to go on trial tomorrow.

A product of Middlesbrough's academy, the player has been at Sunderland since 2012 after signing from Manchester City.

The 28-year-old has 12 England caps, scoring two goals.

In a statement, Sunderland said: "In light of Adam Johnson's guilty pleas, the club has today terminated his contract with immediate effect.

"The club will make no further comment."