Any euphoria that surrounded the team following their World Cup qualification evaporated on Friday night when Chile outclassed Hodgson's team to come away from Wembley with a shock 2-0 win.
Since then, critics have queued up to dismiss England's chances of beating their old enemy on Tuesday night.
Even though Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm and Mesut Ozil will be rested, Germany coach Joachim Low still has the luxury of being able to call upon the likes of Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller for the friendly at Wembley.
Even though Germany's team looks far superior on paper, the England manager sees this game as an opportunity for his men to prove they should be regarded as one of the world's best ahead of next summer's World Cup.
"Germany will ask massive questions of us," Hodgson said.
"But I am pretty sure that all of the XI who go out on Tuesday night will be anxious that they put any comparisons (with Germany) to bed and that they will show they are every bit as good (as Germany) and that is what I believe they will be."
Goalkeeper Joe Hart will be key to England's chances.
For the first home international since 2009, Hart turned up at Wembley on Tuesday night and took a place on the substitutes' bench rather than on the pitch.
Being among the replacements has become a common feature for Hart at club level recently.
After a series of blunders for Manchester City, manager Manuel Pellegrini had no option but to drop the 26-year-old.
Hart will be back in action on Tuesday, though, and Hodgson believes his number one will be out to prove he remains one of the best stoppers around.
"He will be anxious to seize his chance and anxious to show everyone that he is still a very good goalkeeper," Hodgson said.
"Joe is in the right frame of mind to play.
"He has been fine in training and I know (goalkeeping coach) Dave Watson has been happy with him so I could only answer in the affirmative that he is fine.
"He is ready. The Chile game was Fraser Forster's chance to show what he can do but (Hart) knows it's his chance on Tuesday night.
"This is what (being) England manager has been like for me - selecting players who haven't played for a couple of weeks.
"Jermain Defoe played against Chile and he hasn't played for hardly any part of the season."