Being appointed England manager might have seemed unthinkable at the start of 2011 for Hodgson when he was fired after just six stormy months in charge of Liverpool that blemished his rebuilt reputation at West Brom.
But Hodgson's lowest points at Anfield, where he was jeered by fans, should have prepared him for the demands and intensity faced in the England job.
"Liverpool is a chapter in the past I am very much looking forward ... a lot has happened since that time," Hodgson said.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, a contender to skipper the national team, was one of the first England players to congratulate Hodgson on Tuesday.
"I've worked with Roy. He's a good man and a good manager," the midfielder said. "It's important he's given a chance and I'm looking forward to working with him again."
England has an exhibition against Norway in Oslo on May 26 and a home match against Belgium a week later before a 23-man squad heads to the Euro 2012 base in Krakow, Poland.
England's group stage opener is against France on June 11 in Donetsk, Ukraine, followed by matches against Sweden and Ukraine.
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