At 38, Gigi Buffon is still going strong for ItalyReuters

Italy won their Euro 2016 encounter against Spain, but can they record yet another victory over the former World champions? That remains to be seen as the football giants go head-to-head in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier on Thursday at the Juventus Stadium, Turin.

Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon will be a key member of the Italy team as he takes the custodian's role once again and is expected to play a crucial role in the match. Spain, too, boasts of a veteran in Iker Casillas, but the former Real Madrid superstar isn't a part of the squad for the game. Instead, Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is expected to start the match for the away side.

"It does seem strange [not to play against Casillas]," said Buffon in the pre-match press conference. "It's a sign that we're reaching our sell-by date. We're reaching the end of our careers, which is normal. I'm going to enjoy taking part in it as long as I can. I don't want any regrets and I feel I can still improve."

One of the two scorers for the Azzurris during their win against Spain was Giorgio Chiellini. The veteran defender will not be seen in the match this time around as he remains suspended. Nevertheless, Italy's defence is always one which is revered. Leonardo Bonucci is expected to shine at the back for the home side in the match.

For Spain, new manager Julen Lopetegui has taken some drastic decisions apart from keeping Casillas home. The likes of Hector Bellerin, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marc Bartra and Juan Mata have not even made it to the squad. Ander Herrera, meanwhile, has received a maiden national team call, while Diego Costa has also earned a return.

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