Adam Johnson: Sunderland winger can continue to play for club

Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson joined Sunderland in 2012

Adam Johnson can continue to play for Sunderland after he was charged on Thursday with three offences of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

The 27-year-old has played three times for the club since his 2 March arrest.

The club released a statement saying they would "review the matter" while the legal process takes place.

Head coach Dick Advocaat said winger Johnson would be part of the squad for Saturday's Premier League game at Stoke City (15:00 BST) if he "felt OK".

The Dutchman added: "The club made a statement about it and I stand behind that. Let's see what the future will bring."

Johnson, who has 12 England caps, was also charged with one offence of grooming and will appear before Peterlee Magistrates' Court on 20 May.

He was suspended by the Premier League club after his arrest pending the outcome of the investigation, but that was lifted on 18 March.

Sunderland are one point above the relegation zone.

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