"To go to the World Cup?".
The likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling had all withdrawn from the squad due to injuries and their absence paved the way for Loftus-Cheek to start on the right-hand side of England's three-man attack.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte had not been in touch before his Wembley bow but former England boss Hodgson has given Loftus-Cheek all the worldly advice he needs.
From the opening whistle, the 21-year-old looked composed and assured, and he is always looking to make things happen.
Gareth Southgate is dishing out England caps for fun. "It's a great opportunity for some of these players".
There was one defining moment during the first half when he produced an impressive double nut-meg to flick the ball through the legs of Leroy Sane and had the audacity to do the same thing again seconds later to Marcel Halstenberg. For me, I would never want to rewind the time, because I learned a lot about myself mentally and I feel like I got mentally stronger.
"The World Cup is still a long season away and I still want to improve until the end of the season.I think there's a chance but I have to keep learning, keep getting better and hopefully I can be considered for the plane", the 21-year-old said after the 0-0 draw on Friday night.
"I think we have to be courageous and put some of these boys in because we think they're capable".
But despite seeing his on-pitch development stall while training with Chelsea's first team at Cobham, Loftus-Cheek insisted he feels no bitterness towards his parent club and actually thinks he has benefited from the experience.
You sense, talking to Loftus-Cheek, that he has a sensible head on his shoulders.
Loftus-Cheek, who was handed the man-of-the-match award, appears to have done enough to get a starting spot for the upcoming friendly against Brazil, judging by the comments made by Southgate.