In the post match press conference he fielded questions from journalists, some of which lingered on the game itself and others touching on whether the 66-year-old would consider resignation, if, as looks likely, England drop out of the World Cup at the group stage.
"Where does it leave us?" Hodgson pondered. "I don't know (where we are as a country).
"But I don't have any intention to resign.
"I've been really happy with the way the players have responded to the work we've tried.
"I'm bitterly disappointed, of course, but I don't feel I need to resign, no.
"On the other hand, if the FA think I'm not the right man to do the job, that will be their decision, and not mine.
"I think in both the games we've shown some elements of playing good football, and shown we are a team that's making progress. But results decide everything and both results have been negative."
It would mark the end of two disappointing tournaments for Hodgson if England are to head home after the Costa Rica game.
In Euro 2012, he managed to take England out of their group despite some unconvincing performances, though the side did flatter to deceive in the quarter final clash with Italy, barely threatening before exiting on penalties.
It is some irony that performances are better in Brazil, with the results not what they need to be.
But how much of this is the fault of Hodgson and how much down to the fact English players just aren't good enough to be reaching the latter stages of international tournaments?