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Adam Johnson has been stripped of his 12 England caps

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Adam Johnson has been stripped of his 12 England caps after being found guilty of child sex offences today. 

The former Sunderland winger has been sentenced to six years in jail having been found guilty of sexual activity with a minor at Bradford Crown Court. Johnson's legal team have confirmed their intention to appeal the conviction.

His barrister Orlando Pownall QC, confirmed the decision after Judge Jonathan Rose had handed down his sentence. 

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"He has been stripped of his England caps. He has lost a lucrative career that he will never be able to retrieve and is a figure of national humiliation," Mr Pownall said.

During sentencing, Judge John Rose said of the girl Johnson targeted: "She had only just turned 15 when you began grooming her, because, as you were to admit, you found her sexually attractive."

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The judge added that the girl has "suffered threats and thousands of abusive remarks" over the case.

Johnson's last appearance for England came back in 2011 in the Three Lions' 1-0 win over Wales. He scored two goals - against Switzerland and Bulgaria - in 2010. He made his debut that year in a 3-1 win over Mexico in a World Cup warm-up match but failed to make the squad for the tournament in South Africa.

Trial

At the start of Johnson's trial last month, he admitted grooming the girl and one charge of sexual activity. He was found guilty of sexual touching and cleared of one charge relating to another sexual act.

Sunderland Footballer Found Guilty Of Sexual Activity With A Child

Sunderland subsequently announced that they had cancelled his contract after his guilty plea, however Chief executive Margaret Byrne resigned from her position after it emerged Johnson had been allowed to continue playing despite the club being aware of the details of his case.

“I sincerely regret that this error has impacted on the victim, the club, its supporters and all those affected in such a devastating manner,” Byrne wrote in a statement.

Dr Philip Hopley, a consultant psychiatrist had earlier explained that Johnson was 'psychologically immature'. 

"This is a man who, at the age of 28, is socially and psychologically immature," he explained.

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