While speaking to the press, ahead of his team’s friendly with the five-time champions, the former Liverpool boss insisted it never crossed his mind.
He said: “When I took this job, there was never any mention of a World Cup, as you call it.
“In fact there was never any mention about winning anything. My remit, as I understand it, was to turn up, nothing more.”
Of course the fans and the media will see this as yet more evidence of England’s status as an international pub team who appear at big tournaments for comedy value.
When Hodgson was further quizzed about last summer’s European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, his response was equally baffling.
He said: “You mean the series of friendlies we had last year? I thought we did quite well.”
As the press room became more restless, somebody threw a shoe at the elderly coach, who was then ushered out the room and into his favourite soft chair.
Stand in England captain Frank Lampard then had to be told that the press conference was effectively over.
Head of the FA, David Bernstein backed the under fire manager’s comments.
He said: “Ok, so maybe Roy should have known about this World Cup next summer.
“But, you know he has a tough job and a lot to think about. He can’t be expected to remember every little thing.”