Factfile on Sunderland’s Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson in action against Burnley
Adam Johnson in action against Burnley

A LOOK at the career of Adam Johnson, the Sunderland star arrested on child sex offence allegations.

•Born July 14, 1987 in Sunderland, growing up in Easington.

•1995: Joins Newcastle United’s Centre of Excellence, staying there until 1997.

•1999: Taken on by Middlesbrough’s youth academy at the age of 12.

•2004: Part of Boro squad which wins FA Youth Cup.

•March 17 2005: Makes senior debut aged 17 in the UEFA Cup, where Boro are defeated 1–0 defeat away by Sporting CP.

•2005: Joins the England U19 squad

•2006: Spends month-long loan at Leeds, after being signed by then caretaker manager John Carver.

•2007: Joins Watford on a three-month loan, playing 12 games and scoring five times.

•2009: Called up for the England U21 team in 2009 UEFA U21 Championships in Sweden, scoring twice in qualifications and being named man of the match.

He won the man-of-the-match award in the 1-1 final group stage match against Germany, and converted his penalty in the semi-final shoot-out win against Sweden.

•February 1 2010: Joins Manchester City, making 73 appearances and scoring 11 goals

•Late February 2010: Named in England senior squad for the first time in Fabio Capello’s 30-man shortlist for the upcoming March friendly against Egypt in May, but did not make the final 23.

•May 24, 2010: Makes full England debut on 24 May in a World Cup warm-up match, a 3–1 friendly victory against Mexico at Wembley Stadium.

•September 3, 2010: Scores his first international goal on September 3 2010 against Bulgaria in Euro 2012.

•May 2012: Johnson was not selected in Hodgson’s 23-man squad for Euro 2012, but was named on standby in case of injuries.

•August 24 2012: Signs for Sunderland on a four-year contract for £10million. Then-manager Martin O’Neill said “Adding quality players to the squad has been our main aim this summer and Adam certainly fits that bill.”

•November 10 2012: Scores his first goal for Sunderland against Everton in a 2-1 away defeat

•December 2014: Scores a 90th-minute winning goal away to Newcastle, securing Sunderland’s fourth consecutive derby win.

•New Year’s Day 2015: Scores his fifth goal of the season from a penalty to make the score 2-2 against Manchester City, although Sunderland go on to lose the match 3-2.

•March 2, 2015: Arrested at his home over allegations he took part in sexual activity with a child. He is subsequently suspended by Sunderland, missing the team’s journey to Hull.