Hodgson is anticipating bad news on John Terry's ankle injury and with the Chelsea man also expected to face his Football Association hearing before October's double-header, his future availability is a matter of debate. Terry has denied a charge of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during a Barclays Premier League game last October, having been cleared of any wrongdoing in the courts in July.
The blow of possibly losing Terry would be softened for Tuesday's Wembley encounter with Ukraine by the availability of Gary Cahill, whom many felt would have partnered Terry on Friday night anyway.
And the potential for Ashley Cole winning his 99th cap after an ankle injury is also positive news.
Even more importantly, England have slipped into a pleasant groove.
It may have appeared little has changed since Euro 2012.
However, first against Italy in Berne, then at the Zimbru Stadium on Friday night, there were signs they have moved on a great deal.
Tom Cleverley's performances behind a lone striker have been a revelation. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain provides a different kind of option out wide.
Leighton Baines was an able deputy for Cole at left-back, whilst Frank Lampard underlined the contribution he can still make in midfield at the age of 34.
Beyond even that though, against limited opposition, with the result assured after half an hour, Hodgson was delighted how well his players maintained their focus.
"The professionalism and discipline were the biggest things," he said.
"Even at the end there was no casual play.
"I don't feel we made that many bad decisions.
"I would have been more than happy to win it 2-0 or 3-0 but generally speaking, I thought it was a thoroughly professional, thoroughly disciplined performance."
Hodgson has shown greater flexibility than seemed likely following England's European Championship quarter-final appearance.
In the aftermath of that penalty shoot-out defeat to Italy in Kiev, it seemed Hodgson was wedded to the old 4-4-2 formation, which is no longer effective at the very highest level.
At 65, Hodgson has proved himself willing to adapt.
The use of Cleverley in particular was astute and raises the question of whether Wayne Rooney will return to his favoured 'number 10' role, or as the lead forward, when he is fit again. Jermain Defoe was proficient enough in the latter role on Friday night.
These are questions for the future of course.
October includes a trip to Poland, who through their draw in Montenegro on Friday night hinted they may be the biggest barrier to England's World Cup progress.
Ukraine cannot be dismissed lightly either, despite the retirement of star man Andriy Shevchenko since England beat them in Donetsk less than three months ago.
And, as Hodgson's assistant Gary Neville has pointed out, margin for error in qualification tournaments is slim.
"We have to qualify for a World Cup - and qualification is difficult," Neville told FATV.
"We have to perform.
"We travel to some difficult places, including Poland and Ukraine, so we have to be at our best.
"World Cup qualification is about professionalism. You can't afford mistakes.
"You might get away with one. You can't afford two or three.
"If you make a mistake and things don't go your way, as we found out in qualification for Euro 2008, you end up chasing yourself and it is difficult."
Not that Neville has any concerns about the expectancy surrounding Hodgson's squad.
"You expect, being part of the England set-up, there is a level of responsibility," he said.
"Now we have to do our job, every single one of us throughout the regime."