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Children are growing up thinking that marriages are not meant to last because so many professional footballers have high-profile affairs, experts have warned.

England internationals such as John Terry, Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole, whose alleged infidelities were reported in the Press, are role models for millions of teenage boys, according to Reg Bailey, who is leading a Government review of the sexualisation of childhood.

Mr Bailey, chief executive of the charity, Mothers' Union, said sportsmen and women had a clear influence on children's behaviour and ideas of what was acceptable.

“I think there is a fair body of evidence out there that suggests that children are very influenced by certain individuals, particularly those in the public eye a great deal, whether they be pop stars or sports people,” he said.

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