Young impressed in the role for victory over Norway.
"We all know Rooney is best in that position, as a No 10," said Hodgson. "The fact that he is such a good player and can play in other positions, that's another matter. From my conversations with him, from all the games I've watched him play, I think he's extremely dangerous when he plays as a second striker.
"Young did the same job for me tonight. When you play with two strikers, one of them is dropping deep. Every team in the world does that today.
"It's quite good sometimes if the bigger man is the one who comes deep and becomes the target in that space between midfield and their defenders, and your quick man is the one who is actually on the shoulders of the defenders.
"The good thing is Ashley and Andy showed tonight that they can do both. It was an impressive performance from the two of them."