Tottenham fans would be proud of how the England manager has selected so many of their players to play against Russia in the country’s Euro 2016 opener.
However Hodgson has criticized Spurs’ greatest player in recent times, Gareth Bale.
The Wales star gave England some banter ahead of their crunch second group game, saying England “big themselves up before they’ve done anything.”
Hodgson has responded in turn.
“Receiving disrespectful comments is part and parcel of being a footballer and a football coach,” said Hodgson.
“I don’t ever comment on other people. I’ve been in the game sufficiently long to know every opponent has got an opinion, the other day it was [Russia goalkeeper Igor] Akinfeev saying we were the worst seeded team and now it’s Gareth Bale.
“They can have those opinions but I don’t have any doubts personally about our patriotism or desire and that’s the important thing.
“If he believes that that’s the case he’s welcome to that opinion.
“But we know who we are, we know what we are. We don’t have any doubts about ourselves in that respect.”
England take on Wales on Thursday, where defeat for the English could have dire consequences on their progress to the knockout round.