Jagielka can’t speak highly enough about Hodgson, who appears to be a steadying hand at the helm after succeeding Fabio Capello last May.
The 30-year-old Jagielka, who has won 16 caps, said: “If you look beyond his CV in football, he is genuinely a nice guy and you can have a conversation with him for hours and hours.
“He is a likeable person and it works brilliantly. We spend a lot of time away together and the atmosphere he has created has made it so much easier to go away on international duty.
“He has a laugh and a joke when he wants to, and then he reins it in when he wants to let us know that he is not happy.
“But, as a person, he fits the bill perfectly. His CV speaks for itself and, added to that, he is a good communicator who doesn’t shirk away from anything and gives his views.
“For both players and fans alike, that’s exactly what you want to see – you want him to be as honest as he possibly can."