There are two ways of judging England's performances at
You can either be critical, point to a limited amount of possession in every game, difficulties endured against
There is another equally extreme narrative; given he was afforded so little time to prepare,
Half-full or half-empty?
Judgement must wait until Hodgson has a chance to build on what was achieved in
England, routinely, was solid. It maintained team shape, did what they were asked. Given expectations were so low, they exceeded them by winning their group.
Defeat on penalties to one of the world's superpowers was no disgrace, even if the one-sided manner of the game that preceded that shoot-out caught most people by surprise.
There has to be more though. And this has to come despite the obvious flaws in the English game that mean even our top players struggle with the basic elements of international football.
To this observer, Terry was England's player of the tournament. Both against
This wholehearted defensive style is quite thrilling. It underlines why Terry is such a crowd favourite at Chelsea and why he has been one of the Premier League's top men for a decade.
But Terry also lacks pace. It is possibly why England defended from such deep positions against
In an era where Barcelona can win a Champions League with Javier Mascherano in the heart of their defence, is the era of 'typical' English defending at an end too, and if so, is Terry surplus to requirements?
It sounds bizarre. And the argument feels silly.
Yet to avoid it would be to dismiss the evidence of a game that has marched inexorably towards minimal contact.
By excluding Ferdinand from his summer plans, Hodgson seemed to be calling time on the defender's England career. At 33, that is probably the right call.
But he is the template Hodgson should be looking for. And the problem is we have few who fit it.
They are about.
However, it is vital for Hodgson to get this right.
That England's most-played pass against
Hodgson cannot wait for the coaches to be taught how to coach though.
He has two years. For, providing they qualify, if England get to
England are not going to win the 2014 World Cup.
No European team has ever lifted the greatest prize on South American soil and the brutal truth is England are not good enough to break that record.
What we can expect is to make a contribution, give a decent showing. Impress a few people and offer hope for
Only then can we really know whether these European Championships were a bright beginning, or a pretty limited end.
UEFA president Michel Platini said preparations for Euro 2016 were "progressing well" after a meeting of the organising committee in Lille.