Once again, England failed to progress beyond the quarter-final stage of a major tournament.
Whilst its last eight conqueror
Although the majority of questioning has surrounded an obvious lack of technique given England had a minority of possession in every game, Hodgson does not view the situation in quite such bleak terms.
"We have to maintain that degree of pragmatism that we have always had in English football," he said.
"We also have to retain that fighting spirit and doggedness.
"We mustn't start throwing those qualities overboard just so you can come off the field and have someone say you've had more shots at goal.
"I don't want to emulate nations, no. I want England to be England.
"You can't say we are going to play like
"And let's not forget that for years and years
Hodgson's immediate aim is to reach the next World Cup in
And before the visit
One of the players who could be selected in Chelsea's
"Bertrand did very well in the Champions League Final, so there are players out there," said Hodgson.
"There are players out there, I've no doubt about that.
"Then there were talents like
"They are not poor players technically. Hopefully in two years' time they will be even better."
Hodgson has a few weeks to think about it.
At 32, he was one of England's better players this month and relished the captaincy, which has been given to him as of right for the first time.
And, whilst he accepts he may need to be managed in order to fulfil his obligations to club and country, the Liverpool midfielder is keen to play his part.
"The easy decision for me would be to walk away from all of this and say I want to prolong my Liverpool career," he said.
"We can't hide the fact I need to be managed properly.
"But the experiences I've had with this team over the last four games have been fantastic and I still feel I'm good enough to have an impact at this level."
Nevertheless, it is hard to see England threatening at the latter end of the next World Cup, partly because the last eight appears to be a glass ceiling that cannot be broken, but also because no European country has ever won the World Cup in
It was a point Gerrard's good friend
"So should we just not go? Should we give up?" he said.
"Should we not go to that tournament because of what
"Listen, there are a lot of people out there with different opinions.
"We can't control what they are saying.
"What's important is that we know what we are good at and where we need to improve.
"We have to stick together, dust ourselves down and go again."
UEFA president Michel Platini said preparations for Euro 2016 were "progressing well" after a meeting of the organising committee in Lille.