Goals from Wayne Rooney and captain Steven Gerrard ensured that England topped Group H to qualify.
Hodgson's managerial highs
Starts his managerial career with Halmstad in Sweden in 1979, winning two championships
Takes Switzerland to the 1994 World Cup in the United Sates and Euro '96 in England
Guides Inter Milan to the UEFA Cup final in 1997, which ends in defeat to Schalke
In 1998 he manages Blackburn Rovers into European competition
Hodgson wins the Danish Superliga title with Copenhagen in 2001
In 2010, he takes Fulham into the Europa League final
Appointed England manager in 2012
Hodgson, 66, who guided Switzerland to the 1994 World Cup in America, said: "I think it will top the lot.
"I'm English. As an Englishman, it means a little bit more to you."
He added: "The only reason I'm cautious is I don't want to denigrate other achievements, or people in Switzerland, to think I wasn't very proud of that achievement and that team."
England had only beaten San Marino and Moldova before this week, but two good performances and wins against
and then Poland ensured that the Three Lions qualified for their fifth consecutive World Cup finals.
They finished the campaign unbeaten and top of Group H with 22 points from 10 games, a point ahead of second-placed Ukraine. Their record of just four goals conceded was the equal second best in the European qualification, behind Spain.
"I don't think you can help but feel the pressure because we know how important it is to so many people," Hodgson said.
"I died a thousand deaths every time Poland crossed the halfway line, which is what you do, but I do think this team is growing now.
England players excited by Brazil
"England's a very big football nation. So many people are desperate to see England participate and hopefully do well in a World Cup so we knew that it was on our shoulders to make certain that we didn't disappoint them.
"The pressure is always from the outside and it weighs upon you because you know that you sometimes need that little bit of luck."
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