Hodgson was speaking at the Soccerex European Forum in Manchester a month after the furore over Rio Ferdinand's withdrawal from his squad to face San Marino and Montenegro.
Ferdinand explained his decision on the basis of an "intricate and pre-planned" training regime that meant he would be unable to play in the World Cup qualifying double header, but then subsequently jetted to Doha to mix some warm weather training at the Aspire clinic with a stint as a pundit for Al Jazeera.
His decision went down so badly, the 34-year-old was abused by England fans in San Marino, with FIFA still investigating claims of racism from some Three Lions supporters even though the Football Association have failed to find any evidence of it.
Hodgson did not make reference to Ferdinand as he outlined his concerns. However, it is clear the England chief is worried that clubs are using international breaks to suit their own purposes.
"Football needs the club and international game," said Hodgson.
"It is a great pity some people are trying to suggest international football should be reduced to a lesser stage because the club teams have important matches.
"One thing that bothers me slightly is that these international breaks are being seen as a 10-day break you don't always get during a season.
"We have a season that starts in the middle of August and doesn't stop until the middle of May. It is a long time.
"But it concerns me that we are all guilty of accepting international breaks are a chance to go to some warm place and have a relaxation period."
"Friendlies are always played in periods allocated to you. It is quite easy to plan your time around them.
"If your players need a rest it is not obligatory that it has to be during international break."
Yet even when England try to help the Premier League clubs, it tends to backfire on them.
The post-season friendlies are a case in point. With the official FIFA dates cemented for June 7 and 11, the FA thought they were doing clubs a favour by arranging the encounter with Republic of Ireland at Wembley on May 29, with the high-profile encounter with Brazil due to be played at the Maracana Stadium on June 2.
They reckoned without the two friendlies between Manchester City and Chelsea that have been arranged for the week after the domestic campaign finishes, and mean up to half a dozen members of Hodgson's squad will be flying back from New York on May 26, the same day as they are due to meet up.
Hodgson intends to speak with both clubs to work out a way around the difficulty. However, with the matches falling outside the FIFA window, he can have no claim on the players if their clubs decide to dig in their heels.
"We have been a bit unlucky," said Hodgson. "The official FIFA dates are not until the middle of June.
"We thought they wouldn't suit the clubs because it would mean quite a long break from the middle of May to the middle of June, so we decided to play a couple of friendlies earlier.
"What we didn't factor in was some clubs going on post-season tours, which have not been such a common thing in recent years.
"That complicates things "
Not that such friction is anything new for Hodgson, who experienced exactly the same issues during his spells with Finland and Switzerland.
"There will always be conflict between club and international managers," he said. "You can't expect club managers to put your interests first.
"But I am confident that when we go to Brazil on June 2 I will have a very strong team."