Peter Shilton has warned Robert Green he will be haunted by his World Cup howler for the rest of his life - even if he manages to redeem himself in an England jersey.
Monday saw Fabio Capello select Green for the first time this season as the Italian named his squad for Tuesday's European Championship qualifier against Montenegro. The 30-year-old West Ham goalkeeper was axed in the wake of his blunder that cost England victory in their World Cup opener against the United States.
"He was pretty consistent and then had that worst moment of his career and it will live with him forever," said Shilton.
"But at least he's back in the squad and maybe he'll get an opportunity in future to repay that error and let England fans forget it."
Shilton, who won a record 125 England caps during his glittering career between the posts, believes Green deserves his recall and should never have been dropped in the first place after the US game.
"He couldn't do any more: he went out, he apologised after the game, he stood up, he didn't hide," Shilton said.
"I thought he should maybe have played in the next match. Wayne Rooney, for example, never had a kick in that match and yet he started the next match.
"That's the nature of goalkeeping; I thought maybe Capello could've shown a bit more loyalty to him. But it was a World Cup and he didn't want to take a chance.
"Poor Robert must've gone through that situation thinking, 'I'm never going to play for England again'.
"So it's nice to see him get back in the squad and it's also an opportunity for him to stay in. And, who knows? If he gets an opportunity, maybe he can redeem what happened."