Vidic calm about future
Nemanja Vidic trusts Manchester United and new manager David Moyes to get it right in their handling of Wayne Rooney.
The striker finally got onto the pitch on Wednesday evening to make his first appearance of the summer after recovering from hamstring and shoulder complaints.
With Hodgson reporting Rooney had suffered no ill effects from his 65-minute work-out, he must now be in contention for at least a place on the bench for Saturday's Premier League opener at Swansea, even if it is probably too much to believe he will start.
Yet Rooney's state of fitness does not address the clear desire he has to join Chelsea, who have already had two bids turned down for the 27-year-old.
United have continued to insist all summer the former Everton man is not for sale, a position they cannot back-track on without some serious squirming.
It is a situation that has the potential to create all manner of headaches inside the Red Devils dressing room.
Yet Vidic is happy with Rooney being there. And he has faith in United to deal with the problem in the correct manner.
"I am not worried as much (about his future). Wayne is training well, the club is strong and know what they are doing," he told Sky Sports News.
"I have trust in the manager.
"Wayne had a few small injuries in the last few weeks, but he has trained very well.
"He didn't have as many games but the season is long and I think he will deal with it."
Moyes has refused to say whether Rooney will be in his squad at the weekend, when he begins work as United manager in earnest.
Clearly though, he worked with Roy Hodgson in ensuring the player he nurtured at Everton got the most out of this week's internationals.
And he intends for United to get the benefit as - once again - he confirmed Rooney is to remain at Old Trafford no matter what.
"(There are) no more developments, we don't want any more, because we've told everybody he's not for sale," said Moyes.
"I will try and assess him when we get back (to Manchester).
"I watched the game last night and thought for the 65 minutes he played he did well, ran around and got himself some fitness.
"But it was his first real outing in a competitive game."
Moyes does have alternatives, with Robin van Persie scoring twice in Sunday's Community Shield win over Wigan and Danny Welbeck on target in England's friendly triumph over Scotland.
Nevertheless, as a member of five title-winning squads, Rooney could have a pivotal role to play this season if he wants to fulfil it.
There is no sense in the United camp of the Rooney issue becoming a distraction ahead of their first league season without Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm since 1985.
"The moment the manager left was very passionate," said Vidic.
"We have had so many emotions over the last few months but we are ready to go.
"It's hard to compare (managers). All managers have different ideas, routines and training. They all bring something new.
"We work differently now, we have different types of exercises.
"We have enjoyed it."
The intriguing dimension is that United are not on their own.
Last season's top three have all had a change at the top, which makes it one of the most eagerly-anticipated seasons of the entire Premier League era.
"We have a new manager at all the clubs competing for the trophy," said Vidic.
"We have so many questions about managers.
"Really, I think the league is stronger this year. There have been lots of new signings and it is going to be very tough."