Hodgson responded to the criticism from Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers that Sturridge should have been given rest in the international break.
Rodgers was annoyed that his £12m forward played for the full 90 minutes in the friendly against Germany on November 19th and has been benched for the Merseyside derby the following weekend.
The 24-year-old player confessed he was having problem due to his thigh injury in the build-up to the 1-0 defeat at Wembley, but Hodgson is determined that he made the right decision of making him play the match.
“The good thing for me about that was that he did get out there,” Hodgson was quoted as saying.
“Dan has pulled out of a few matches with us for injury reasons. He has been unlucky with injuries.”
“It was important for me to, if you like, test his resolve a little bit. I might have been guilty of putting that resolve to the test, but I don’t apologize for it.”
“And I am delighted he did get out there, even though he maybe himself didn’t feel 100 per cent, because that means in future I will know I can trust him as an England player. He is not going to be playing when he feels like it, he is going to be playing when he’s fit to play.”
Sturridge has suffered a separate ankle injury during a training session with Liverpool last Friday which will sideline him for two months, on this Rodger said, “they are better getting injured now. In one way I am sorry he can’t play, but in another part of me thinks ‘well, better now than later’.”