England winger Adam Johnson held in sex probe
England international Adam Johnson has been arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16, sources said.
The girl is believed to be 15 years old and the Sunderland footballer remains in custody following his arrest.
He has also been suspended by the club pending the outcome of the police investigation.
"Sunderland AFC has confirmed that Adam Johnson has been suspended from the club, pending the outcome of a police investigation. No further comment will be made at the present time," the club said in a statement.
Johnson had been due to travel with the rest of the squad to Humberside for tonight's Barclays Premier League fixture at Hull.
Durham Constabulary said Johnson continues to assist them with their inquiries as they investigate the allegation.
A police spokesman said: "A 27-year-old man was arrested earlier today on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.
"He remains in police custody and is helping officers with their inquiries."
Born in Sunderland, the winger has represented his country 12 times and also played for Middlesbrough and Manchester City.
He cost the Wearside club £10m (€13.7m) when they bought him in 2012 and he has gone on to score 17 goals for them.
Born in July 1987, Johnson was a product of the Middlesbrough youth academy and came to prominence after making his debut aged 17 in a UEFA Cup game.
He played 119 games for Middles- brough, having also played on loan with Leeds United and Watford.
He has played at various levels for England and won 12 caps at senior level.
Johnson mainly plays on the right side of midfield, but often likes to drift in and operate from a more advanced position.