Hodgson will name his squad for the two final Group H qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland on Thursday afternoon.
England may top the group, but they are on shaky ground.
The Three Lions are one point ahead of Ukraine and Montenegro so only two wins will guarantee Hodgson's men automatic entry to the finals in Brazil next summer.
Ukraine are expected to win their final two qualifiers against Poland at home and San Marino away, so in all likelihood if England collect four points, they will be destined for the play-offs.
If they fail to win against Montenegro a week on Friday, and Poland four days later, then their World Cup dreams will almost certainly be over.
Ordinarily, England would be expected to win at home against both nations, but their only qualification victories so far have come against one of the world's lowest-ranked teams in San Marino and against Moldova, who are sandwiched between Tanzania and Guyana at 129th in the rankings.
Montenegro gave England a real fright in March when they put on an impressive second-half display to earn a 1-1 draw.
Montenegro coach Branko Brnovic dismissed England as an arrogant bunch of long-ball merchants in the run-up to that match.
He has seen his country achieve three draws against England and he hopes to go one better at Wembley next week.
"There are very few teams that can boast such a record against the English," he told a press conference in Podgorica.
"This gives us pride. Hopefully we can continue that trend, or even better it at Wembley."
Brnovic said he was not impressed with England's 0-0 draw in Kiev last month. "It looked like a friendly for the most part," he said.
That drab stalemate exacerbated fears that England would not qualify, but it is worth remembering that Hodgson's options were severely restricted for the game.
Rooney, Sturridge, Phil Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were all injured and Danny Welbeck missed out through suspension.
All of those players except Oxlade-Chamberlain are available now, and it is the return of Rooney and Sturridge - the most in-form English strikers in the Premier League - which will delight Hodgson most.
Rooney and Sturridge have scored 12 goals in 15 matches between them this season, and they are both almost sure to start against Montenegro if they come through their respective club games versus Sunderland and Crystal Palace this weekend.
Rooney was sent off in Podgorica two years ago for aiming a petulant kick at Miodrag Dzudovic - who has been named in the Montenegro squad for the game at Wembley - but he starred in the 1-1 draw there in March.
Although he prefers up front, Sturridge is more likely to replace the injured Theo Walcott on the right of a front three that contains Manchester United duo Welbeck on the left and Rooney through the middle.
Hodgson has a distinct lack of senior pacy wingers given the absence of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott.
Selecting Tottenham's Aaron Lennon would be a gamble as he has not played since the opening day of the season because of a foot injury.
Andros Townsend is worthy of a place in the squad, but he is unlikely to be handed his first cap in such a big game and Manchester United man Ashley Young is very much out of form.
Southampton striker Rickie Lambert looks set to be recalled after he scored against Crystal Palace at the weekend and in defence Steven Caulker may get another call-up after his fine early-season form for Cardiff.
Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster will surely be recalled as competition for Joe Hart following his heroics against Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday.