The Manchester United forward has insisted that Hodgson deserves credit for giving his forwards creative licence to break down a stubborn Montenegro rearguard.
He told Sky Sports News: "It was great. Exciting, with a lot of speed and with experience of Steve Gerrard and Frank Lampard behind us.
"The manager gave us the freedom and platform to go out and express ourselves and I thought the four of us did that, especially Andros, that was some debut.
"It was a tough game. I think getting the goal so early in the second half was vital and we excelled after that and deserved the three points."
Hodgson's side are now one win away from earning a place in next summer's South American showpiece, ahead of Tuesday's final qualifier at home to Poland.