Hodgson's patience snapped in the aftermath of England's 1-0 victory over Norway, insisting he has every right to be optimistic about his team's future despite the wave of negativity that followed the poorly-attended victory - and he used some uncharacteristically colourful language to make his point.
"I am entitled to be (unhappy) when I get questions about only having two shots on target," the England manager said in a sharp tone.
"You have just seen an England team dominate for 45 minutes against a good opponent, an opponent that's hard to beat and you have seen them work very hard to create chances.
"There was a lot of euphoria before the World Cup. We were getting 75,000 people to see us play Peru, who, with respect, were nowhere near as difficult an opponent as Norway. And now we have 40,000.
"I can't put that right because I can't turn the clock back, but what I can do is analyse what I have seen and judge that through my eyes, and not judge it because someone is going to tell me: 'Well, you only had two shots at goal' because for me, that is absolute f*****g b******s, I'm sorry."
The England manager, normally a calm and measured man, was referring to the moment when he became irritated at a reporter in the post-match press conference who pointed out the hosts had registered just two shots on target. "Don't give me that," Hodgson snapped at the time.
Hodgson maintained England had played well. They had harried the opposition, dominated possession and created several chances against a difficult opponent, according to the 67-year-old.
Hodgson thinks the perception of his team will be coloured for quite some time by the poor World Cup campaign, which yielded just one point from three matches.
The national coach warned that without the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole around, England are short on experience and that the new crop of players he has introduced will take a long time to become established internationals.
"Some of these players are top-class players in the making, but the players are in the making," he said.
"You can't be Jack Wilshere, who has lost all that football through injury and then all of a sudden be Bryan Robson. Let's be fair on all of these things. That's all I am asking.
England's Jack Wilshere (R) is challenged by Norway's Havard Nordtveit in the penalty area during their international …
"Allow me to be excited about what they can do and allow me to stand up and say I think my team played well at a press conference when I think they have."
Hodgson was at pains to point out he had been severely restricted in his selection by injuries, arguing that Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana, Jon Flanagan, Jay Rodriguez and Chris Smalling would have all made a difference.
He also praised Everton defender John Stones after his first England start; Stones, who prefers to operate at centre-half, looks set to keep his place for Monday's crunch qualifier in Basle despite an unconvincing display by the 20-year-old at right-back.
"Playing him would not be a gamble at all," Hodgson said.
"His defensive performance was very good (against Norway) but we are not going to get as much out of him going forward as you would out of Kyle Walker, who is an attacking right-back, but he did bring his straw to the water."
This outburst seems thoroughly out of character for the usually mild mannered Hodgson. However, his decision to launch such a tirade shows admirable passion for the job he is trying to do. In that respect this outburst is a positive. Yet, Hodgson is in denial. England have, for the lion’s share of his tenure, been awful and his inability to see that is highly worrying. In fact, it calls into question his very suitability for the job – if he can’t see that the dross England are currently serving up is not of the required standard then what chance is there of any discernible improvement?
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