12/29/2011 11:37 EST | Updated 02/28/2012 05:12 EST

'Like' This! Germany scrambles to catch up with England ... on Facebook

BERLIN - Germany is scrambling to catch up with traditional rival England as the 2012 European Championship approaches — on Facebook.

The national team's official fan page announced Thursday that more than one million people now "like" it. The fan page added: "in 2012 we should overtake the pole position of England."

The England team's Facebook page had more than 1.1 million "likes" as of Thursday.

But both national teams have plenty of ground to make up on club sides. Germany's most consistently successful club, Bayern Munich, has 2.6 million Facebook fans. Defending English champion Manchester United has over 21 million.