|Out: Danny Welbeck was booked during England's match against Moldova at Wembley|
England jumped to the top of Group H with a comprehensive 4-0 win over sorry Moldova thanks to Danny Welbeck's brace and goals from Steven Gerrard and Rickie Lambert.
But it was overshadowed by referee Ivan Kruzliak's decision to hand Welbeck a harsh yellow card for kicking the ball away, which means the Manchester United forward misses Tuesday's vital clash in Ukraine.
|Close call: Welbeck shots at goal after ref Ivan Kruzliak blew his whistle, leading to his booking|
|Bending his ear: An angry Welbeck remonstrates with the referee|
Welbeck's suspension leaves Hodgson with a striker crisis going into the crucial trip to Kiev, with Wayne Rooney missing the clash with a gashed head and injured Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge rated as a major doubt.
Welbeck insisted he did not hear the Slovakian's whistle in the lead-up to his booking, adding: 'I was very disappointed to get booked, in a stadium of thousands of fans when you can't always hear the whistle. It was difficult to get my head right after that, but I wanted to play my part for the team and hopefully in Ukraine we will get the right result.'
Hodgson said: 'The booking for Danny Welbeck has overshadowed the night, that's for sure. We were already very short of front players. I can't believe it was a yellow-card offence, and for the other one he got in Montenegro, we should have had a penalty but he was booked for diving.
'All of you have seen as many games as I have. I don't think there'll be too many people, even in the refereeing fraternity, who will say that was a clear yellow card.
'A 40-yard sprint, a ball that arrives on your foot, a split-second between the whistle blowing and the shot. You'll have to try very hard to persuade me that was a booking. But he's got a yellow card and he's out of the game.
'We'll live with it, deal with it, but I'm not prepared to go down that route (by saying) that these things happen. I didn't think it was a correct decision. Danny's been unbelievably unfortunate. We have already lost Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge and it makes life difficult for us. It takes the gloss off a good team performance. But we're getting used to dealing with misfortune.
On Sturridge's chances, Hodgson added: 'It's not impossible [that he is fit], we shouldn't give up hope. But is it more than 50-50? Definitely no. I fear it's worse odds than that.
'The game against the Ukraine is what it was always going to be. They came away from Wembley with a 1-1, scored a fantastic goal, we had one disallowed. We knew we had to match that result in Ukraine to be top of the group.'