Rooney, despite his 32nd England goal, and following his failure to snaffle a chance provided by Manchester United team-mate Danny Welbeck, it was no surprise he was replaced by Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
"A bit of both," was Hodgson's response when asked whether the reasoning behind his decision was physical or tactical.
"There was an element of physicality because it looked as though he was tiring.
"He couldn't reproduce his excellent performance against San Marino and we wanted to get a little bit more life and energy into the central area, which (Tom) Cleverley was capable of giving us alongside (Steven) Gerrard and Carrick, so Wayne moved wider.
"Then, when we thought he was tiring we felt it was the right moment to bring on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who gave us some fresh legs."