The Liverpool midfielder has tipped the 64-year-old to be a success after he landed the chance to take charge of the Three Lions following Fabio Capello’s departure
The youngster played under Hodgson during the 64-year-old’s ill-fated six months in charge of the Merseyside outfit, but he remains confident that the FA have made the right appointment.
"I owe a lot to Roy because he gave me my Liverpool debut," Shelvey told the club's official website.
"He is a good manager and although things didn't work out for him here it wasn't just him to blame.
"There were a lot of us to blame as well because we weren't producing the performances on the pitch.
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Shelvey, 20, has made a number of appearances for the England Under-21 side, but accepts that he has a long way to go to receive his first call-up under Hodgson.
"First of all I've just got to be on my game for Liverpool first," he noted.
"I haven't featured for the senior team so I just want to carry on playing for the Under-21s and hopefully get a few starts alongside Jordan [Henderson]."