The England manager has already conceded some of the men he will need during a World Cup qualifying programme that starts in Moldova next month may struggle for first-team opportunities.
Andy Carroll and Adam Johnson both started in last night's 2-1 win over Italy, with question marks hanging over them at Liverpool and Manchester City respectively.
Ryan Bertrand came on in the second half and he is in the same position at Chelsea, so too Jack Rodwell following his move to Manchester City, while Danny Welbeck's opportunities are bound to be less frequent now Robin van Persie is bound for Manchester United.
Hodgson is too pragmatic to set down a rule about the number of appearances anyone must make before they can be considered for selection.
However, he does concede it is a concern.
"The players will realise that their chances of playing for England increase when they are playing more regularly for their club sides," said Hodgson.
"If players were not getting in their teams it would concern me.
"But I must have the courage to see beyond that, pick a player who is not getting in his team, and work on the basis that if he is fully fit and raring to go, with a 10-day period next time for example, we might be able to knock that player into shape."
Hodgson cited Carroll as an example.
With his Liverpool future uncertain, the £35million man did not play in the Reds' recent two-legged Europa League qualifier against FC Gomel.
Hodgson still picked the Geordie in Berne last night, but he detected an element of fatigue before Carroll was replaced at half-time.
"Andy did show signs of lacking match practice but the one thing he did not lack was determination, courage and desire to do the job," said Hodgson.
"This time we overcame it. Whether we can week after week I don't know.
"What you need is a common-sense approach to the subject.
"The chances for a guy who is not playing regularly do diminish. I can't argue with that.
"But I don't think we need a rule where he has no chance of being picked."
Nevertheless, it will have been comforting for Hodgson to see so many of his young squad perform so creditably in securing a first win over Italy since 1997.
Goalkeeping duo Jack Butland and John Ruddy both caught the eye, as did Tom Cleverley, while Kyle Walker looks set to contest the first-choice right-back role with Glen Johnson.
The real bonus is the availability of Michael Carrick, especially as neither Scott Parker nor Gareth Barry will be fit for the Moldova encounter on September 7, nor the Wembley meeting with Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine four days later.
With his economy of passing, Carrick offers control of possession that was so sadly lacking this summer.
Having grown tired of being a peripheral figure during Fabio Capello's regime, there is some inconsistency about how easily Carrick made himself available for England again having twice turned down the option of a comeback since the Italian's departure.
Nevertheless, Hodgson is glad to have the 31-year-old around, even if he admitted inheriting the captain's armband from Frank Lampard was a step too far.
"That was a Frank Lampard decision not mine," said the England boss.
"I decided when Frank came off, Joleon (Lescott) would captain the team.
"Personally, I would not have given the captaincy to someone who has just come back after a long absence when Joleon did such a good job for us during the Euros."
It was a minor quibble from a satisfactory night for the side ranked number three in the world.
Hodgson will select all his big guns - including Wayne Rooney and John Terry - for the upcoming trip to Chisinau, when they may need to come close to form befitting that FIFA ranking if they are to begin the road to Brazil in winning form.
Not that Hodgson is taking too much notice of his team's present lofty status; inferior only to Spain and Germany.
"It's a rankings system that interests people but everyone knows it's not written in stone," Hodgson said.
"It's a question of FIFA finding some way of getting people to understand roughly where they are.
"Whether we agree with it or not, we live with it.
"Do I take it very seriously and rush out to see where we are every time it comes out? No, I don't."