Hodgson unveils solid if unspectacular England vision
Roy Hodgson's only complaint about the next phase of his new life as England manager was being asked about Rio Ferdinand "until the cows come home" - the rest was happily filed under football reasons.
Indeed, Hodgson used the phrase "footballing reasons" so often that he received that ultimate seal of approval, or disapproval depending on your viewpoint, and started a Twitter trend.
If Hodgson was playing it by the Football Association's book when he made his introductions following his appointment earlier this month, here he was in relaxed form as he revealed his Euro 2012 squad.
In one of those strange quirks of fate football often unfurls, Hodgson was unveiling his vision for England's immediate future as an echo of his past rang around Wembley.
As Hodgson relaxed into his England role and named the 23-man squad for Euro 2012, his successor as Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish was feeling the same chill of cold American steel he experienced at Anfield in January 2011.
If Hodgson felt that his journey from the sack by John W Henry at Liverpool to England, via West Bromwich Albion, was the game's equivalent of stepping out of the frying pan into the fire he did a very good job of not showing it.
Apart from that sharp rejoinder when asked one question too many for his liking on the subject of his preference for John Terry over Rio Ferdinand - "footballing reasons" - he gave off a quiet confidence about his selection and England's hopes for Poland and Ukraine.
Asking a photographer to move aside so he could see an inquisitor, greeting a question that started with a list of his perceived qualities as a coach with "there's a big 'but' coming here" (there wasn't) and light-heartedly admitting one slightly pessimistic query had immediately crushed his confidence, this was Hodgson at home in his new surroundings.
This was a squad that was not going to produce fevered excitement. After all, Hodgson has been juggling jobs with England and West Brom so was hardly likely to produce shocks and mass experimentation, but he was still in no mood to talk down England's chances.
He said: "The senior players I've spoken to, who have one or two tournaments behind them and one or two disappointments where they've had to come home and face criticism, will tell you we can win it.
"I'd refer you to Denmark in 92 and Greece in 2004. You don't necessarily have to be the best team to win the tournament. You can get by with good team spirit and a bit of luck at the right time. We're one of 16 teams so that's 16-1. I'm not a gambler but..."
There is no doubt there is an element of a punt about some of his choices but England's Euro 2012 party was always going to lean towards solid as opposed to spectacular.
The spectacular came with the inclusion of Arsenal teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. This is no repeat of his team-mate Theo Walcott's shock inclusion by Sven-Goran Eriksson for the 2006 World Cup, which effectively descended into a 'What I Did On My Holidays' experience for the youngster.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has demonstrated the power and pace to trouble teams in the Premier League and Champions League. Not a starter but a very presentable shock tactic.
The inclusion of Liverpool's Andy Carroll, deemed a waste of £35m waste of money until a late-season surge of form at Anfield, is an example of one of those late bolts towards the squad but also a reflection of England's shallow pool of strikers.
Norwich City's Grant Holt has clearly been deemed not of international class despite his goals this season while Peter Crouch can now be regarded as being consigned to the dustbin of England history.
Hodgson has much plotting to do with Wayne Rooney suspended for England's opening two games and it is clear Carroll is right at the forefront of his thinking.
He cleared up any questions about the player's approach with Dalglish before his Anfield departure and said: "His profile is right as a player. I hope I'm not into selecting players on the basis of going to a game one day, seeing him having a good game and then giving him an England shirt. I'd like to think I've been in the game long enough not to fall for that trick.
"He will give me options because of his target play, ability and his capability of making runs into the channels. It's a profile issue as much as anything else although it is fair to say his late burst has helped to give him the nod."
Much debate also surrounded the inclusion of Liverpool's Stewart Downing. He has been poor since his £20m move from Aston Villa to Liverpool but seems to be assuming the old Emile Heskey mantle of being the player managers like to have around, who apparently makes the contribution that is somehow beyond the all-seeing eyes of supporters.
Hodgson was clearly in no mood to duck the big decisions, as evidence by his choice of Terry - and also by his willingness to switch captains. Tottenham's Scott Parker had the honour under caretaker Stuart Pearce but the new man turned to one of England's elder statesmen as Liverpool's Steven Gerrard reclaimed the armband.
Gerrard may carry some scars from the captaincy in South Africa two years ago, but an examination of his contribution there will reveal he was one of the few creditable performers and has carried the captaincy well since. This is a sound move.
Hodgson admitted he had been "parachuted in" to take charge of the squad Fabio Capello left behind - but he was still keen to stress this had as much of his stamp on it as he could imprint in his short spell in charge.
The work will gather pace now as Hodgson begins the assessment of England's forthcoming opponents. The serious business is about to begin.