While Hodgson contemplates who his England side will land in Friday’s draw for football’s grandest tournament, Ravel was proving he is quick on the draw.
As the embers of the match began to fizzle out, Morrison, a 20-year-old with gilded feet but ghoulish hands, bizarrely remained primed for some action.
The Palace defender Joel Ward had reacted with some unhappiness when James Tomkins accidentally walloped the ball against him seconds after referee Lee Mason’s final whistle had sounded.
It was none of Morrison’s business, but he ludicrously decided to get himself involved by charging from 50 yards away to push Ward in the face as if he was somehow racing to his friend's rescue.
It should have been a straight red card, but Mason decided to produce a yellow, obviously oblivious to the goings on.
Television replays exposed Morrison as a player with a temper that cannot be trusted. He was snarling at the end. With his shaven head and a thuggish demeanour, it was not a pretty sight.
Morrison will miss his side’s Premier League match at Liverpool on Saturday having collected five bookings. Not the best of disciplinary records at such an early stage of the season, but not surprising.
He will be thankful the Football Association cannot extend the punishment under their updated rules on retrospective action that states a panel of former referees can only revisit an incident if it was missed by the match referee.
It is a technicality that suits Morrison because Mason’s booking was carried out by guesswork.
He missed the main thrust of the get-together of Morrison shoving a paw into Ward’s face, but Hodgson will not have.
There is always time for Ravel to unravel, and that is the problem Morrison faces if he is to convince Hodgson he is worth taking on a plane to South America. Hodgson is a coach, not baby sitter for a man child.
There is no point in being blessed with natural ability when you are always on the cusp of exploding.
Morrison has already jousted with Manchester United’s Wilfried Zaha when the ridiculous pair of England Under-21 team-mates confronted each other during a 5-0 win over Lithuania in October.
They apparently nearly came to blows when Zaha asked Morrison to pass the ball. Morrison responded to accusations of “ball hogging” by pushing Zaha in the face during the match before suggesting they "have it out" later on.
These are grown men we are talking about. So much for being role models. The last time Zaha was seen in meaningful action this season was in a Croydon nightclub.
Morrison is a fabulous player running from midfield. As West Ham manager Sam Allardyce confessed last night, Morrison is the outstanding creator within his squad. He is his club’s top goalscorer with five goals in all competitions, but possesses the unique asset of playing provider with assists on several occasions.
His individual goal in running from his own half to lead Tottenham a merry dance in October will live as long in the memory for West Ham fans as their unheralded 3-0 win at White Hart Lane.
But Morrison's problems off the field are as problematic as his skills are for opposing defences. There are the reasons why he is turning out for West Ham United rather than Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson probably could not tame a temper that almost left Morrison doing bird.
During his days at United, he was fined £600 after tossing his girlfriend's mobile phone through a window amid an argument, with a not guilty plea being accepted on a count of assault.
He was already cautioned for common assault before admitting two counts of witness intimidation two years ago. Morrison and two of his mates had apparently threatened a teenager who was robbed by two alleged friends of the footballer in September, 2009.
Morrison escaped with a 12-month custodial sentence to suggest he is more a loose cannon than a wild card. He is out of his teenage years, but there is no evidence that maturity has taken hold of him.
“Those two are the types of players they are because they live slightly on the edge in terms of their responses and emotions,” said the England youth coach Gareth Southgate after the incident with Zaha.
Who needs such antics in Brazil? Morrison’s shenanigans hint at anger management issues. Hodgson is a coach not a psychologist.
"We will hope for the best, but it is like Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates," said Hodgson about the impending World Cup draw. "We will open it up and see what we get, then try and digest it."
It is a bit like Ravel. You never know what you are going to get. It is his strength, but is also likely to be his downfall unless he learns the benefits of a cool head.
Imagine last night’s match with Crystal Palace was a key World Cup match in the last 16 when Morrison lost his temper as quickly as a West Ham fan can blow a bubble? Picking Morrison seems to be a step into the unknown, a riskier strategy than Sven-Goran Eriksson selecting the teenage Theo Walcott for the 2006 World Cup finals.
With Morrison, you have to take the full package while being well aware that the package lives constantly on the edge of detonating. Hodgson does not seem to be a figure to fraternise with such a gung-ho policy in times of national security.