Around every game since he was installed as
From selecting Terry for
The whole sorry saga has clouded what has been a decent start to Hodgson's tenure.
Finally, it appears, the time to move on has come.
"I have moved on from it. The team have moved on from it," he said.
"We can never dictate what is being done on the outside. All we can do is control our own environment and already we think we have some pretty interesting alternatives.
"That is what I have to do. I have to hope that amongst that group of players - and maybe someone else will come on the scene and force his way in - I can find a couple of players who can do the job in the way John and Rio were when they were playing a few years ago."
Form considerations over
Certainly there is far more of Hodgson's authoritative stamp on the sides he has been turning out this autumn compared to the hastily-cobbled together group he took to
It is hard, for example, to imagine
Even without calling upon
"I would like to think it is my team," he said.
"The players are very much committed to what we are trying to do. We have seen that in all the games so far, irrespective of results.
"I can only hope I will get enough contact with them because to really get a team playing the type of assured football we want they need the coaching, video and talking time."
As is the lot of an international manager, Hodgson must now cross his fingers that key players avoid serious injury and get through to the 6
It is an impossible dream of course.
But of all the players he would want to stay away from the treatment table, Hodgson would probably choose Wilshere, who is taking the first tentative steps on his comeback trail after 17 months out.
For, with skipper
"We all know what Steven has been doing, continues to do and hopefully will continue to do," said Hodgson.
"His performance against
"We have not had chance to think about Jack because for the last 17 months he has not been available.
"It is great to see him back now and by the time February comes around, hopefully he will be playing on a regular basis for Arsenal, getting his match fitness and other faculties back to the highest level and honing them up."
Fifteen years after their famous clash in Saint-Etienne, former