Hodgson played Hart for the full 90 minutes in England's 1-0 win against the Danes on Wednesday night.
And he made that decision as a direct result of Hart being left on the bench in City's Capital One Cup Final victory against Sunderland three days earlier.
Hodgson said: "It was important for Joe. He didn't play at the weekend for City and that was a disappointment for him.
"You get to a League Cup final and you don't play and I thought it was important that he played for us.
"He wasn't exactly bombarded but he still made a couple of good saves."
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