At just 19, the Arsenal wide man still has much to learn.
But the potential is there, and his impressively mature attitude suggests he will fulfil it as long as he keeps absorbing some key points.
"Alex was very good in the first half but we made it clear we were going to take him off after 60 minutes, so I think he forgot to play in the second," said Hodgson.
"That will be an interesting lesson for him as well. Especially when I tell him."