Sunderland’s Johnson due in court

The Sunderland winger will be at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court for his first hearing after he was charged last month. It is expected to only last five minutes.

Johnson, who has played 12 times for England, was arrested in March after he was accused of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

The three counts of sexual activity with a child were said to have taken place in January, while the meeting a child after sexual grooming offence was said to have happened between December and February.

The 27-year-old has played six times for Sunderland since his arrest and is expected for feature for Dick Advocaat???s side in midweek after the court date was moved.

The Sunderland-born player began his career at Middlesbrough before moving to Manchester City.

Johnson failed to secure a regular starting place under Roberto Mancini at City and moved to the Stadium of Light for ??10m in 2012.

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