Hodgson believes playing the World Cup in Brazil has inspired his players.
"Everyoneâ€™s excited by this tournament," said Hodgson. "I would be expecting every player who is selected to be viewing this as the most exciting period in his life so far.
"But I think when it was announced that this World Cup was in Brazil, the whole of the football world said thatâ€™s the place to be and thatâ€™s the tournament to qualify for. Whatever we are doing, we must not fail to qualify for Brazil and when we get there, we must not fail to put in a good performance as a team and show ourselves in a good light.
"Thatâ€™s how I view it and thatâ€™s how I expect the players to view it and I think thatâ€™s how the English public will see it too. Everyoneâ€™s quite excited by the fact that this is an England team in transition at the moment and there are some very interesting players who could be involved."
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