Hodgson can call on the services of Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and maybe even Kieran Gibbs in Brazil to help England perform at their best.
Wilshere and Oxlade-Chamberlain are integral to Hodgson’s attacking ideas in Brazil, while Gibbs could prove useful cover at left-back this summer.
However, with Leighton Baines well on top at left-back, and Luke Shaw breathing down his and Ashley Cole’s neck, it is unlikely that Gibbs will travel to Brazil as a left-back.
Here we’ll look at the Arsenal players who could make an impact in Brazil but for all the latest from the England squad head on over to Coral for more news and updates.
The Arsenal midfielder had been lauded as one of the finest players of his generation coming through when he initially broke onto the scene, but things have stalled a little.
Having said that, Wilshere’s football brain and eye for a pass are something England will need in Brazil when seeking to break down the dogged Italians and the tricky test of Uruguay.
Wilshere has missed a lot of football for Arsenal recently due to injury, but Arsene Wenger expects him to be fit for the World Cup and the rest gained while injured could prove beneficial for the Three Lions in Brazil.
The player known as “The Ox” has previous with Brazil, having smashed in a memorable goal at The Maracana just last summer so he will hold no fear of playing on the biggest stage of all.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed arguably his best season in an Arsenal shirt this year and has even chipped in with goals here and there.
However, it will be his midfield work-rate that could really secure him a place in the starting eleven for the opening game against Costa Rica.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s work-rate, coupled with his ability and creative technique, makes him a precious asset to an England team that can sometimes become overrun in midfield.
Taken to the World Cup eight years ago in Germany, Theo Walcott spent the whole tournament as an unused substitute before missing out completely in 2010. His luck hasn’t changed in 2014.
An ill-fated injury sustained against Tottenham Hotspur ruled him out of the World Cup a few months ago.
Walcott’s pace, delivery and experience of the 2006 World Cup could have proved vital for England in Brazil
Unfortunately for Hodgson and the nation, attempting to secure a first World Cup since 1966 will have to be attempted without the services of the Arsenal forward.