The Three Lions will seal qualification for the 2014 World Cup with a victory at Wembley tonight but would be likely to finish in a playoff spot should they be unable to pick up the win due to second-placed Ukraine facing group minnows San Marino.
However, Hodgson is eager to avoid the prospect of a two-legged clash with the runners-up of another group and wants to advance at the first time of asking.
"No, I don't think the playoffs will ease any fears over qualification," Hodgson told reporters at a press conference.
"I'm not thinking of the playoffs. This is a game we want to win. I don't think I will be satisfied if we don't win.
"This is our game, our stadium, our fans, and we're pretty sure we're going to win - that's how we are approaching the game."
The match gets underway at 8pm.