Townsend inspired England to a 4-1 win at Wembley that night and five years on Hodgson has again turned to the winger in a time of need as Crystal Palace search for the goals to help them steer clear of trouble.
The 27-year-old is deputising for the injured Christian Benteke as a centre-forward and not for the first time in his career he is repaying the faith shown in him by Hodgson.
His stunning strike against Burnley on Saturday has given Palace fresh impetus. He was the standout player in a Palace shirt and even upstaged Wilfried Zaha as the Eagles secured their first home win of the season to move three points clear of the bottom three.
Zaha is so often the man Palace rely on for goals but Townsend could be just as important in their fight to stay up.
He is always capable of changing a game with an explosive moment and showed that against Burnley on Saturday when he cut inside from the right in trademark fashion and sent a left-foot shot from 20 yards into the top corner.
With Palace lacking a genuine marksman, Hodgson now needs him to build on that strike and add more goals to his game. Townsend has spoken about wanting to improve his goal record, having scored just four goals this season and only two last term. In total, he has scored nine times in 96 games for Palace since his £13million move from Newcastle in 2016.
The hope is Benteke will be back from his knee injury this month but the number of goals Townsend and Zaha contribute may determine if Palace can hoist themselves up the table.
Palace travel to Brighton on Tuesday and ahead of the game Hodgson has warned there will be no “magical solution” in the January transfer window to solve their lack of goals.
Hodgson is likely to have limited funds to splash out on a new striker, but he believes Townsend has shown that Palace do not have to solely rely on Zaha.
“I do not think anyone here, including Wilf, has even suggested that our results and the way we play are entirely based upon him,” said Hodgson. “He is one of a team.
“Of course he is an exceptional player, but we have always believed that we have other good players and Wilf is part of that team unit, so it is nice to see others grabbing the headlines.”
Palace got off to a slow start this season, but after a 0-0 draw with Manchester United and a 2-0 win over Burnley, a win againt Brighton would give them real momentum for the first time this campaign.
They had 29 shots against Burnley and at the other end of the pitch, Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins have formed an excellent centre-back partnership that is giving Palace a solid foundation. They are flanked by the impressive Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Patrick van Aanholt, while Wayne Hennessey is having a superb season in goal.
In midfield, Palace are now starting to see the best of Max Meyer four months after his summer move to Selhurst Park and the influence of Cheikhou Kouyate is also growing.
The demise of West Brom, Stoke and Swansea last season showed that most clubs have to prioritise safety first, but there are signs that Palace have progressed this season.
“I believe the team has been playing well for a period of time and it was nice to see on Saturday in particular and also at Old Trafford,” said Hodgson. “It shows we have a lot of talented players at the club and we are capable of playing good football.”
Hodgson is confident Tuesday’s fixture between rivals Palace and Brighton will not see a repeat of the ugly off-field incidents seen in the Premier League over the weekend.
There will be an increased police presence at the game, with Sussex police keen to show lessons have been learned from last season’s fixture at the Amex Stadium. Hundreds of Palace supporters were denied entry to the stadium, held by police and then kettled back on to trains to London. Two stewards were taken to hospital as tempers boiled over outside the ground.
Sussex police were criticised for their handling of the match and were forced to apologise after falsely claiming a number of Palace fans had “knives and knuckle-dusters” on them.
Palace have been given an increased allocation of close to 2,400 this season. Hodgson said: “I am expecting our fans to behave well and the Brighton fans to behave well.”