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Phil Jagielka in congratulated by Ashley Young after scoring England's equaliser.
In fairness to the last remaining remnants of the so-called "golden generation," most of them who went to Euro 2012 performed reasonably well (this is not including someone like Scott Parker, who is of similar age but not part of that group).
Steven Gerrard enjoyed the best major tournament of his career thus far, responding to his responsibilities as captain proper with a bunch of gut-busting, influential displays that demonstrated the player at his classiest (if not quite at his peak of a few years ago).
Ashley Cole and John Terry were solid enough too, with only Wayne Rooney genuinely disappointing upon his return from suspension.
Gerrard in particular demonstrated the foolishness of completely writing off their value to England's cause just yet, while against Italy, the Euro 2012 absentee Frank Lampard reminded us again following his performance against Spain late last year of the contribution he can still make.
What Wednesday's game also showed is, increasingly, Hodgson will not have to be so reliant on these "big names" from the Premier League.
Despite the manager expressing his wish earlier this week (in his press conference, quoted in the link in The Independent) that Terry will be cleared of the racism charges hanging over his head, he has alternatives that more than make up for any potential absence of the Chelsea defender (and who will be less of a headache).
The starting defensive pair against Italy, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka (also England's first goalscorer of the night), held together fairly well and recovered to decent effect on those occasions when the canny Mattia Destro slipped in behind them.
Substitute Joleon Lescott has grown in stature in the last 18 months, while others like Michael Dawson and Micah Richards will be keen to stake their claim for a call-up in the coming season.
As Jack Wilshere continues his worryingly long recovery from injury, neither Gerrard nor Lampard are near being completely replaced in midfield quite yet.
But the steady Carrick, arguably England's most reliable passer in the position, was impressive in making his team tick against the Italians, though not quite so much destructive.
In others like Scott Parker and Gareth Barry, there are others ready to step in, too.
Most interestingly for Hodgson should have been the showing from Jermain Defoe.
The forward faces an interesting season as he looks to re-establish himself in the Tottenham Hotspur first team, a challenge that may influence his England prospects.
But what is for sure, admittedly in less high-stakes circumstances, was Defoe looked far more dangerous and effective than either the starter Andy Carroll or Rooney did at any point over this summer.
Carroll is young, and his aerial attributes alone make him an option of value to England.
Rooney, however, failed to convince at Euro 2012, and compared to Wednesday's match-winner (or even in Defoe's short cameo vs. France in June), he possessed none of the movement, hunger or goalscoring threat Defoe did—all three attributes alone being on show in his excellent goal.
As good as he can be, the days when Rooney was an automatic choice for England must be over, at least until he gets his act together.