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Eric Lichaj named Nottingham Forest’s Player Of The Year

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Now he’s hoping for a call up for the World Cup Qualifiers this summer.

Nottingham Forest v AFC Bournemouth - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

It’s been a tough season for Nottingham Forest, just staving off relegation to League 1 in the EFL. Eric Lichaj is one of the reasons the club was able to hold off relegation and stay up in the Championship. He’s did so well that he won the honor of Forest’s Player Of The Year as voted on by the fans.

“I am really happy, not at the state of the season as a whole but at avoiding relegation and it is an honor that I will remember for the rest of my life,” Lichaj told the club website. “It does make it extra special knowing that the fans have voted for me; it is a good award to have. I know that Dorus De Vries won it last year and that was well deserved for him. I don’t know if I deserved it this year as it has been a difficult season but I do really appreciate it.”

- Eric Lichaj; Source: SBI

The 28-year-old defender from Illinois appeared in 45 matches through all competitions, netting a goal and helping his team stay up. He wants to keep himself sharp as the U.S. International is hoping for a call up with more World Cup Qualifying matches on the horizon.

"I am still trying to get a call-up from the USA, so I will be doing little bits to keep myself fit. If I get called up for the USA, hopefully I can do well with them.

- Eric Lichaj; Source: Nottingham Post

Lichaj picked up 40% of the fan vote, beating out Ben Osborn and David Vaughn.