He believes that the current defence in Roy Hodgson's side have been making too many errors - mistakes they will not be able to afford in Group D against Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica.
Shilton told the Daily Echo: ''Even if it is only a short-term measure we should bring John Terry back in just for the World Cup to give the squad a little bit of experience.
''I think at the back we have been making too many errors, Gary Cahill has made a few elementary errors, and we lack a bit of experience at the back.
''I know it's unlikely to happen as the FA would say it's a backward step, but sometimes for one tournament it is the right step for the team. People would learn from him and you always have to have experience and leaders in a squad and we are lacking that somewhat.''
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