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25/02/2016 14:22 GMT | Updated 25/02/2016 14:59 GMT

Adam Johnson: Footballer's Girlfriend Stacey Flounders Tells Court The Pair Have Split, But 'Remain Friends'

The girlfriend of England footballer Adam Johnson has told a court they are now just "friends" as she took to the stand to give evidence as part of his trial on charges of sexual activity with a child.

Stacey Flounders, who is the mother of Johnson's one year-old daughter, on Wednesday begun giving evidence as part of the 28-year-old former Sunderland winger's defence at Bradford Crown Court.

Johnson has admitted kissing a 15-year-old girl in his car after grooming the teenager using social media, but has denied a more serious sex acts took place between him and the girl in his Range Rover on January 30 last year.

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Stacey Flounders has said she is no longer in a relationship with footballer Adam Johnson who is facing a charge of having sexual activity with a child

Flounders, 26, was asked by Orlando Pownall QC, defending Johnson, about the future of their relationship.

She replied: "We're just going to remain friends."

Earlier, Pownall asked her why she decided to remain with the player after his arrest.

She replied: "Because he was honest with me and I knew he was telling the truth.

"We'd just had a daughter. I wanted us to be a family."

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Flouders said she had remained with Johnson after his arrest because he was 'honest with me and I knew he was telling the truth'

The court previously heard that Johnson, who has 12 caps for England, had sexual contact with the teenage girl after they arranged to meet so he could sign her football jersey.

The pair met up on 17 January 2015 near a Chinese takeaway close to the girl's home and Johnson signed her football top while the pair sat in his vehicle.

The court heard that the pair exchanged further messages, and Johnson asked whether he deserved a thank you kiss for the shirt-signing "or more". The pair then met again on January 30, and on this occasion, the prosecution claims they had sexual contact.