But he warns there's still a long way to go before Brazil 2014.
"My expectations for him are good because I think he's a very, very good player. But we're talking in October and we don't play our first game until June," said Hodgson pointedly. "When Wayne came to the Euro 2012, he couldn't play the opening games, so he wasn't really 100 per cent match fit. And the way he was playing then is so different to the way he is playing today.
"How can I know what's going to happen with players? But do I believe Wayne can be a star in the World Cup for England, playing like he is at the moment."
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