Veteran Tendulkar mustered only 76 runs in six innings in the 2-1 loss and, at 39, it is obvious he is already in the twilight of his great career.
Asked whether he expects to see Tendulkar play Test cricket again, Dhoni said: "I hope so."
But pressed as to whether Tendulkar has told him he will, he said: "No."
With or without Tendulkar, India must pick themselves up from a disappointing campaign for forthcoming limited-overs series against Pakistan and then England, before they face Australia in Tests.
There will be many issues for Dhoni to address with urgency, but he was gracious in defeat as he paid tribute to England and cited fast bowler James Anderson as the most telling factor in a series which featured Alastair Cook as top run-scorer and off-spinner Graeme Swann as leading wicket-taker.
"They are a very well balanced side, the two spinners they have are very good," Dhoni added.
"Anderson bowled really well throughout the series on wickets where there wasn't much help for the fast bowlers.
"That was really crucial. He tested the batsmen all the time and kept them guessing. I thought the major difference between the two sides was James Anderson."