The Southampton captain played his first two games for the Three Lions against Chile and Germany, prompting his national manager to offer him praise for his undaunted performances
The 25-year-old made his debut against Chile on Friday before starting Tuesday's 1-0 defeat to Germany and, despite the Three Lions losing both games, his national boss was impressed with the attacking midfielder's displays.
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"He has shown he is comfortable on this stage and has a lot of skill. He's been a major find."
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart put in a strong performance against Germany, marking his return to first-team action after being dropped by his club, and the 66-year-old believes that his faith in his No.1 was rewarded.
"Joe Hart proved I was right about him," Hodgson enthused. "He played very well.
He added: "If I am optimistic we do have the quality [to do better], it is there. We have players to come back, too, but we were just lacking the quality in those key areas.
"[Steven] Gerrard wasn't at his best after recovering so recently, Jack [Wilshere] is still finding his best form. Steven missed all of last week's training and was stiffening up a bit. Ashley Cole felt his rib at half-time and couldn't continue."