The Three Lions, who are already without the likes of Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones, were dealt a fresh blow when striker Daniel Sturridge was ruled out of tomorrow's World Cup qualifier against Moldova today.
"We have not exactly been lucky with injuries," Hodgson said in a press conference. "We have lost five players that a couple of weeks ago I was really banking on, but it is an opportunity for those who would not have got a game to do a job.
"Daniel Sturridge has worked hard at his treatment. The initial prognosis was that he would not be fit for either game. It will be touch and go for Tuesday [against Ukraine] but we won't know until Sunday."