Hodgson used an ill-advised joke about NASA sending a human to space with a monkey to try to explain to his side the need to get the ball to the Tottenham winger.
An unnamed England player was “shocked” by the joke as they thought it carried racist undertones, according to reports in the Daily Mirror and The Sun.
However, the player at the centre of the controversy has tried to draw a line under the incident by describing the furore surrounding the joke as “silly news”.
Talking to BBC Sport, Townsend said: "It has all been said now, it has been in the news the last few days and I think everyone should focus on us qualifying for Brazil and not focusing on negative, silly news.
"The manager told the player to give the ball to me, so that is a compliment in a way."
Despite having already received the full backing of the FA, Hodgson came under further fire from a human rights group in the form of a four page letter to FA chairman Greg Dyke.
Peter Herbert, the head of the Society of Black Lawyers and who runs the Race For Sport organisation, has criticised the decision to declare the matter as closed and asked for Hodgson to attend a 'race appreciation' training course.