In another momentous week for the south-coast club, Hodgson picked three Saints players - Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana - in his squad for the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany.
And Hodgson said: "They (Southampton) have been the team that I think has taken the league by storm. No-one mentioned them amongst the top five or six at the start, so congratulations to them."
Tigers boss Steve Bruce is the latest to pay tribute to Saints as he prepares to head south without Sone Aluko - who is out for eight weeks with a torn Achilles - plus James Chester and Allan McGregor.
Bruce said: "I have to say Southampton have been a breath of fresh air when you look at the players they've got. To get 19 points from 10 games is a wonderful achievement and it's as tough a game as we'll have."
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has warned against complacency as his side prepare to travel to Selhurst Park to face rock-bottom and still managerless Crystal Palace.
Martinez, who has been dealt a blow with the news Arouna Kone will miss most of the rest of the season following a knee operation, insisted: "They (Palace) are much better than the points reflect in the table.
"Any time they could click into place and the last thing we want is for that to happen on Saturday."
Palace, who will once again have caretaker-boss Keith Millen in charge, will be without Adlene Guedioura for up to eight weeks after he suffered a punctured lung and two broken ribs in last week's loss at West Bromwich Albion.
Norwich defender Michael Turner admits the Canaries owe it to under-fire boss Chris Hughton to come out fighting against West Ham at Carrow Road after last week's 7-0 humiliation at Manchester City.
Turner told his club's official website: "We have put it behind us and are fully focused on the next game. We let down the manager, the fans and ourselves - everyone really, so it's up to us to put in some performances and go in the right direction."
Fulham are without the suspended Sasha Riether for their trip to Liverpool but Martin Jol is adamant he does not feel under pressure despite his side's sluggish start to the season.
Jol, who is without striker Hugo Rodallega for six weeks with a leg muscle problem, said: "We are not in the best of situations, but we are not in the worst. We need a few surprise results and maybe we can start against Liverpool."
Aston Villa are without seven players for their home clash with Cardiff including Andreas Weimann, who limped out of last week's draw with West Ham with a hamstring strain. Fabian Delph could be back after illness.
Also on Saturday, West Brom will look to claim another major top-flight scalp when they travel to Stamford Bridge to face Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.
In Sunday action, Newcastle look to build on their win over Mourinho's men as they go to Tottenham, while Vito Mannone could keep his place in goal for Sunderland as they host Manchester City.
Mark Hughes will be looking for a big improvement from his Stoke City side as they travel to Swansea.