Hannah Blundell

Date of birth: 25 May 1994
Place of birth: Eastbourne
Position: Defender
Nationality: English
International: England Under-19, Under-20, Under-23
Trophies won at Chelsea: FA WSL 2015, FA Women’s Cup 2015, FA WSL Spring Series 2017

 

Comfortable featuring in either full-back position or on the wing, Hannah Blundell graduated from our Centre of Excellence to establish herself as a key member of the Ladies' squad.

Having joined Chelsea at the age 16 after spells with Brighton and Charlton, Blundell won the Surrey County Cup final with the reserves, a game in which she was named player of the match.

She stepped up to the first team in 2013 and scored on her FA Women’s Super League debut against Birmingham with a fine strike from outside the box.

More importantly, she immediately looked at home at the highest level of the English game, making nine appearances and predominantly playing at left-back during Claire Rafferty's lengthy injury lay-off despite being naturally right-sided.

A move to her preferred position of right-back followed and she continued to display all the attributes expected of a modern full-back: technically proficient, blessed with a fine first touch and with the pace and athleticism to influence proceedings at both ends of the pitch.

Blundell was among the nominees for the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 2015 after a fine season the previous year, when she scored twice in 17 appearances.

She followed this up by featuring in the majority of matches in our Double-winning campaign in 2015. Her partnership with Gemma Davison down the right-hand side was one of the team's most potent attacking outlets and she was part of a back four which led the league in clean sheets.

Such form was recognised in the club’s end-of-year awards dinner as she shared the Young Player of the Year award with Millie Bright. She was also called into the senior England squad for a post-season tour of China. Although a debut eluded Blundell on that occasion, she has featured regularly for the Under-23s and represented her country at the Under-20s World Cup in 2014 and the Under-19s European Championship the previous year.

Blundell remained our first-choice right-back throughout the 2016 season, starting 20 matches, and she began the new year by signing a new two-year contract and earning another call-up to the England squad.

She started seven matches during the shortened campaign at the start of 2017 and ended a long scoreless run by netting twice in a 5-1 win over Sunderland in the Women’s FA Cup. Having rediscovered her touch in front of goal, Blundell added another by putting the finishing touch on our 4-0 victory at Reading in the second game of the Spring Series.

Further England senior call-ups either side of the campaign pushed her ever closer to a full international debut and, after winning more silverware with her club, the right-back was on target for her country’s Under-23 side in their win over Norway to clinch the Nordic Cup.