It is unfair for Hodgson to be made accountable for football's failings.
However, in the afterglow of an Olympics in which
It is hard to imagine any prospective Olympian turning down the opportunity to compete, even if it meant anxiously waiting on standby in case someone dropped out.
Yet that is what Hodgson encountered prior to
Hodgson wants to stop it happening in the future.
And for that, he needs players to enjoy the England experience.
"We've got to try to make sure playing for England is an enjoyable experience," said Hodgson.
"You can't expect players to want to play somewhere where they don't feel welcome or it's not worthwhile.
"Playing for England should be enough of an honour. In my opinion it is.
"If you are selected for England and say no, you can expect people to say they don't understand.
"It has a diminishing effect. Most football fans grow up wanting the chance to play for England. It's difficult to understand when people don't want it.
"But I am not going to force anyone to play for us. I'm going to make it attractive and hope that is motivation enough."
Given the reservations about Richards' tactical knowledge extend beyond a single coach, Carrick's was the more damaging absence in
More frustrating still was the refusal of
It was a hefty blow as Hodgson's options are evidently not great.
"The bottom line is we don't have that many goalkeepers to choose from any more," said Hodgson.
"Go through the Premier League and see who's playing in goal. It's mostly foreigners.
"Let's hope someone like Jack pops up and puts
England travelled to Berne for its
Of particular interest will be
There has been an air of confusion around the Manchester United man's reluctance to play for England.
It dates back to his experience at the 2010 FIFA World Cup when he went to
Carrick has accepted that position without reservation, with Hodgson conceding the midfielder would have been a very useful option in
"He had reasons, perhaps, maybe personal reasons, I don't know," said the England boss.
"I prefer to leave the past where it is.
"I'll take it at face value."
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere hopes the latest operation on his troublesome ankle will prove the last as he looks to recover full fitness for both club and country next season.