Buffon eager for 'derby' clash
The European giants clashed in the 2000 European Championship final, with France emerging victorious, before Italy got their revenge by winning their fourth World Cup in 2006 in dramatic fashion.
The 34-year-old keeper told Le Parisien: "It promises to be a great spectacle and it certainly has a special flavour.
"France remain a major player in European football and playing against Les Bleus is like playing in a derby."
France striker Bafetimbi Gomis is delighted to see Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff back in the national team for the first time since May.
He told fff.fr: "I'm very happy. He has had some injury problems that have slowed him down but he has made a lot of effort to return to action.
"He always thinks of the team and it's good to have such an unselfish team-mate."