Gianluigi Buffon has not played a competitive game for his country since September 10 of last year.
The Azzurri won that match 2-0 against Georgia thanks to a Daniele De Rossi double strike.
They will want six points from this double-header too, against Montenegro and Ireland.
Juventus’ No.1 has said it feels good to return to the national side.
“It still feels like a dream for me to be here and I am happy to be back,” he told journalists at Italy's press conference. “These qualifying matches are about getting results and that is what we intend to do.”
The World Champion also spoke about two big-name strikers who are not in the current squad, Antonio Cassano and Amauri.
“When Cassano came to Portugal with us, he did very welll, and when he is on top of his game, he can win matches and be very useful, but these are the kinds of decisions [Italy boss Marcello] Lippi has to make.”
On his Juventus team-mate Amauri, Buffon stated, “If he decides to play for us he will be welcome because there won’t be any issues regarding loyalty left, he will have already made his choice.”
The 31-year-old is the first major Italian star to open the doors to the forward, after Luca Toni and Gennaro Gattuso were less than enthusiastic about the idea.
Simone Finaldi, Goal.com