With English expectations low going into the World Cup, it's possible that Hodgson will take a young squad out to Brazil to gain invaluable experience and build for the future. With that in mind, Hodgson may use the game against Denmark to cast his eye over some of the young prospects on the brink of breaking into the World Cup squad.
Kevin Pietersen is just the latest casualty of a system which prizes orthodoxy above all else. Examples can be seen across the sporting spectrum in England (Danny Cipriani in Rugby Union, Pietersen and Jack Russell in cricket to name but a few), but football seems to take the biscuit for having the biggest homogenised mass of samey players.
Belo Horizonte was one of the first planned capital cities of Brazil. Surrounded by mountains, it has nearly 2.5 million inhabitants and is famous nationwide, for its more than 14 thousand bars, called "botecos" (pubs) in Brazil.
Qatar is a slave state for 1.4million migrant workers. It doesn't have to be that way. Qatar chooses to build its modern nation with the labour of migrant workers and deliberately chooses to maintain a system that treats these workers as less than human.
Tintin, waffles, and over-priced chocolate. If you were to traverse the high streets and market squares of Britain, asking the wandering punters to sum up Belgium in three words, the odds are that you'd end up with something largely similar. Yet, in the coming months and years, our Flemish counterparts from across the Channel may well have another fame to claim.
The only joy I got out of watching Manchester United in the 2012/2013 season was witnessing the hilarious cameo appearances of Danny Welbeck that rivalled Keith Chegwin's in the TV series Extras. Equally inept and similarly clueless, he was tolerated only because of his endearing effort.
Now that Cristiano Ronaldo has earned a second Balon d' Or it might be time for FIFA to award the first Golden Crosswalk to Brazil, where the answer to whether World Cup fans or vehicles have the right-of- way at an intersection in the Land of the Samba is as straight as a free kick by David Beckham.
So that was it... 2013, gone and here we are moving swiftly into 2014 - nearly mid-Jan. Now looking up from the Chrismas/New Year holiday, I can see a dazzling year of sport ahead. The Winter Olympics in Sochi, the World Cup in Rio and the Commonwealth Games in the summer... What a year ahead... As a massive football fan who loves watching great football all year round, this is going to be a great summer. For me, I think with all those world class teams that will be there, unexpected things can happen as it often does in knockout competitions. Think of the FA Cup and all the upsets that can produce.
When the FIFA circus rolls into Rio next year, it might just change the way we watch television. The final will be produced in 4K ultra-high definition. And if the World Cup has its usual uplifting effect on high-end TV sales, this could be the moment 4K starts to go mainstream. But what is 4K TV and why should we care?
Whisper it, but Brazilians speak Portuguese - not Spanish. It's a common mistake...Despite the belief of many English speakers that everyone around the world uses English, it is not common to find very many people who can use it well in Brazil.
Welcome to 2014. It's the year that the spotlight of the world will focus in on Brazil as we enter the final countdown to the FIFA World Cup in June and July. Many reports on issues such as the stadium construction have been far from positive, but as we all know, the media is rarely positive before any major sporting event...
It is already being billed the 'greatest World Cup of all time'. With next summer's tournament now just a matter of months away, all eyes are on Brazil as they prepare to host the competition for the first time since 1950. Five time winners of the trophy, and a nation which has consistently represented the very best of football, Brazil is synonymous with creativity, fluidity, and artistry. So where better to play out the biggest tournament on earth, than in a carnival atmosphere, with sun, sand, sea - and samba?
While it appears Cahill and Jagielka are first-choice for Hodgson, Terry's experience and evident ability in the back four would be a welcome boost to England, especially on the back of consecutive demoralising defeats to Chile and Germany.
What if the World Cup were decided not by the footballing ability of each country, but their respect for democracy and human rights?
Spending much of my time in Spain, I've seen first-hand the differences between the way both nations approach the game, particularly player development - and the English system is long overdue a radical overhaul.
With the World Cup now just over seven months away, the exposure generated by the tournament itself will bring intangible benefits to Brazil's tourism, such as better use of the country's tourism potential, publicity for regional attractions and a quantum leap in the quality of services...