The Three Lions boss is currently with his squad in Portugal as they get ready for next month's World Cup in Brazil.
"You can organise a pub team not to let in six goals against Manchester United," Hodgson told World Soccer magazine. "Give me six months and I'd organise them, if they had a half-decent goalkeeper and a couple of centre-halves who can get in the way of the ball.
"It's nice for people to believe some managers are born with a magical quality to transform bad into good. I don't. It's about leadership, practice, repetition and bloody hard work."
England's first Group D game is against Italy in Manaus on June 14.