Magda Eriksson of Chelsea Women during the game. Chelsea Women v Manchester City Women, FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup Semi-Final football match, Kingsmeadow, London, UK - 06 Feb 2019 Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

Chelsea star lands Swedish Defender of the Year accolade

Chelsea defender Magda Eriksson has been crowned the Swedish Defender of the Year at the nation’s Football Year 2020 awards ceremony this evening.

The 27-year-old Stockholm-born centre-back was named in the three-player shortlist for the top defender gong alongside Bayern Munich’s Hanna Glas and Linda Sembrant of Juventus.

The awards ceremony was broadcast live on various Swedish media channels this evening with Eriksson being crowned the Defender of the Year.

The Chelsea centre-back has enjoyed a hugely successful 2020 for both club and country. Eriksson lifted the FA Women’s Continental League Cup for the first time with The Blues while she was also a member of the squad who were crowned 2019/2020 Barclays FA Women’s Super League champions on a points-per-game basis. This season, the player has played every minute of league football for manager Emma Hayes so far.

On the international stage, Eriksson has been an ever-present in Sweden’s successful UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 qualifying campaign while she has even managed to net herself three goals. The defender has been named the Swedish Player of the Match in a couple of those qualifiers, some achievement given the simple nature of some of her nation’s victories over lesser opponents.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl was also up for an award this evening, however, she was beaten to the Goalkeeper of the Year award by Goteborg’s Jennifer Falk.

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