Sunderland’s Adam Johnson has pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual activity with a minor; one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming.
The England winger appeared in court on his first trial into allegations of child sex charges, relating to happenings between December 2014 and February of last year.
However, Johnson continues to deny two charges of sexual activities with a girl under 16.
Johnson arrived in the courtroom in a black suit and white shirt and was present as a jury of six men and six women were picked, before Judge Jonathan Rose explained that they must try to ignore any stories they may read about the case in the media.
“You may see reference to this in the press but it’s the evidence in court that you will gather,” he said.
“This defendant has already pleaded guilty to two offences, you will hear more about them in detail when Miss Blackwell opens the case to you on Friday.
The jury, however, will have to come to a decision on the other two remaining charges: “It will be for you and only you to determine if he is guilty or not guilty.”