Hodgson was never going to be criticised for adopting a pragmatic approach at Euro 2012, having taken over just weeks before the tournament and with Wayne Rooney suspended for the first two matches. But long-term he will find it increasingly difficult to justify such cautious tactics. That may mean casting aside his favoured 4-4-2 formation for a more modern system, perhaps with greater numbers in centre midfield, where England were overrun.
How safe is Gerrard’s place?
Steven Gerrard’s strong performances and eagerness to retain the captaincy would appear to cement his status as a key figure. But while his suitability to wear the armband may be in little doubt, it seems far from certain that he will still be a first-choice starter at the 2014 World Cup, when he will be 34. Should Hodgson stick with 4-4-2, Gerrard can expect to come under huge pressure from Jack Wilshere for the attacking central midfield role. If there is a switch to 4-3-3 or similar, it may be to include another defensive player, meaning Gerrard may have to sit deeper or be left out altogether.
Which senior stars will survive?
John Terry, Ashley Cole, Scott Parker, Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry and Gerrard are among those nearing their sell-by date, although it would be a risky tactic to discard all at once. Cole looks to have another campaign in him, while Gerrard, Parker and Terry can reasonably argue that their Euro 2012 performances have earned them a show of loyalty. Lampard, at 34, and Barry, along with Rio Ferdinand, may have had their swansong.