I think it will become obvious during the next qualifying phase that Hodgson is out of his depth
Perhaps. England are supposedly in the top handful of footballing countries in the world, and they should be able to struggle past powerhouses like Montenegro and Luxembourg regardless of who is in charge. If England under Capello can reach the quarter finals of a World Cup, then England under anyone at the European championships (where strictly better sides like Uruguay, Brasil and Argentina cannot compete) to go out at the same stage can only be viewed as a failure.
I dont buy this argument abou QF at world cup is better than QF at euros. Outside argentina uragauay and brazil there are no other teams that i can think of (outside of europe) who would 'expect' to beat england. So how much more difficult is the competition at the world cup than the euros?
Apart from that the risk of meeting one or more of these 3 south american eams is spread as more teams are entered into the world cup competition ( at the finals stage) Cappello failed at only getting to the QF of the world cup he had enough ttime if i remember rightly to plan for 2010 , hodgson didnt .