England's latest qualification campaign begins with a testing trip to Switzerland on Monday evening. This is without doubt the toughest fixture on their Euro 2016 schedule.
The Three Lions' 1-0 latest victory over Norway, courtesy of a Wayne Rooney penalty, did little to inspire confidence that the nation's performances are on the up. Hodgson's men will certainly need to improve for this tie if they wish to kick-off their qualification campaign with three points.
Here, we take a look at the key battles that could determine the Group E clash at St Jakob-Park.
Danny Welbeck vs Steve Von Bergen and Johan Djourou
With Daniel Sturridge unavailable due to injury, the attacking burden will surely fall on the shoulders of Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck. The 23-year-old has a prolific strike rate at international level, having scored eight goals in 27 appearances - a number of which have seen him play a bit-part role on the flank.
Welbeck is expected to start as a centre-forward against the Swiss, allowing him the opportunity to prove his ability in this role. Expect him to step up, causing huge problems for the opposition centre-backs with his lightning pace and clever movement.
Ricardo Rodriguez vs John Stones
Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez is a player who loves to push forward, and the inexperienced John Stones could have his hands full if Roy Hodgson opts to deploy him at right-back. Whilst proving adept at the back, Rodriguez possesses the ability to change the outcome of a match with the flick of a switch.
In his side’s opening World Cup fixture versus Ecuador, he created both goals as he side overcame a one-goal deficit to emerge as the unlikely victors. With Josip Drmic stationed up-front, Rodriguez has plenty to aim for in his exploits down the flank. He could cause tremendous problems for England down the left-hand side if Stones' performance isn't up to scratch.
Xherdan Shaqiri vs Jack Wilshere
Jordan Henderson's absence places huge emphasis on Jack Wilshere to fulfill the defensive-midfield duties in front of the back-four, especially considering the presence of midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri. The Bayern man proved his danger during the summer World Cup, proving the focal point of his side's exciting attack. Swiss fans will hold particularly fond memories of his hat-trick versus Honduras.
Wilshere needs to step up his performances if he wishes to maintain his place in Hodgson's side - it is fair to say that his current inclusion is based on his suggested potential alone. This battle will prove crucial to England's chances.