Hodgson insisted Scharnerâ€™s demotion was more down to the competition for places within Albionâ€™s midfield, where a loss of form will inevitably lead to players being replaced.
â€śYou have to assess what players can and canâ€™t do,â€ť the manager told the Birmingham Mail.
â€śThe fact he accepted responsibility for anything at Swansea had nothing to do with my decision last week.
â€śScharner is a very different player to Youssouf Mulumbu, who is different to Graham Dorrans, who is different to Chris Brunt, who is different to Jerome Thomas, who is different to Zoltan Gera, who is different to James Morrison, who is different to George Thorne.
â€śSo there you are â€“ thereâ€™s eight of them, yet only four can play.
â€śIf Iâ€™d have played Scharner but not Dorrans people would be asking why Iâ€™ve left Dorrans out. If Iâ€™d left Brunt out it would have been strange, likewise Thomas.â€ť