The current Three Lions manager is confident his assistant is capable of leading his country, but warned against a quick route into management for the pundit and coach
England's early exit from the World Cup has sparked debate over the state of the national team, with Hodgson criticised - although the Football Association has backed the 66-year-old to continue.
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"Of course he can be [a future England manager]," Hodgson told reporters.
"But it would be wrong to start putting him under pressure to suggest 'you need to get down to some work in a club side because the England manager's job is there waiting for you'.
"Who knows? When the job comes up again, who knows what candidates there will be.
"Having a long career in football gets harder and harder.
"The number of jobs available vis-a-vis the amount of time people spend in those jobs gets less and less, so I certainly wouldn't advise him necessarily to jump at the first opportunity to do coaching or management.
"The longer he can combine the two roles [coaching and punditry] the better.
"But I don't have any doubt in my mind that he will become a top-class football coach and top-class manager."