The 24-man squad for the games against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia in June was notable for its absentees in the striking positions. Daniel Sturridge continues his rehabilitation from surgery, while Harry Kane, Saido Berahino and Danny Ings were all selected for the Under-21 squad for the upcoming European Championships.
With news emerging from the Emirates that Arsenal's Danny Welbeck is struggling to be fit for this weekend's FA Cup Final and therefore the England games that follow soon after, the spotlight fell on the remaining forward options in Hodgson's squad.
|Position||Team||Goals||Total Scoring Att||Ontarget Scoring Att||Big Chance Missed||Hit Woodwork||Goal Assist||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Wayne Rooney||FW||Man Utd||0||2||1||0||1||0||1||90|
Undoubtedly the star of the weekend was Arsenal's Theo Walcott. Making his first Gunners start in over two months, the injury-plagued 26-year-old hit a quick-fire hat-trick of devastating quality, with his third goal putting Arsenal 4-0 up against West Brom after just 37 minutes.
Walcott was making up for lost time and will be keen to carry his form into Arsenal's FA Cup Final meeting with Aston Villa at the weekend. In addition to his hat-trick, in his 69-minute appearance Walcott had a further three attempts on target with only two of his eight efforts in total missing the goal.
In contrast, England captain Wayne Rooney had a quiet game as Manchester United went through the motions in their 0-0 draw at Hull City. The home side made all the running, and although Rooney - returning to the side after missing the 1-1 draw with Arsenal - hit the woodwork with a late shot, his was an uncharacteristically low-key performance. However, Hodgson knows that Rooney can turn it on when it really matters.
Liverpool's Raheem Sterling was left on the bench as an unused substitute as Liverpool capitulated at Stoke. A high-profile contract dispute saw Sterling take abuse from the visiting fans as he warmed up on the sidelines, and the 6-1 defeat was a sorry way to end the season. Hodgson may wonder whether Sterling is in the right frame of mind to start for England, particularly in the crucial qualifier in Slovenia.
Elsewhere, the two surprise choices in Hodgson's squad enjoyed a profitable final day as their respective teams ended the Barclays Premier League campaign with contrasting fortunes.
Queen's Park Rangers' Charlie Austin scored his 18th goal of the season, but it was a mere consolation in his team's 5-1 defeat at Leicester. It was a goal that summed up Austin's campaign as his healthy goal tally has failed to assist a struggling side.
In contrast, 28-year-old Jamie Vardy opened the scoring for the rampant Foxes - his fifth goal of the season - and was on target with both his scoring attempts. It was an industrious display and a result which typified Vardy's season and he will be hoping to cap it off with an international appearance before June is out.