Football is, I suppose, the most popular game in England: one has only to go to one of the important matches to see this. Rich and poor, young and old, one can see them all there, shouting and cheering for one side or the other.
One of the most surprising things about football in England to a stranger is the great knowledge of the game which even the smallest boy seems to have. He can tell you the names of the players in most of the important teams. He has photographs of them and knows the results of a large number of matches. He will tell you who he expects will win , and his opinion is usually as valuable as that of men three or four times his age.
Most schools in England take football seriously--much more seriously than nearly all European schools, where lessons are all-important, and games are left for private arrangements. In England, it is believed that education is not only a matter of filling a boy’s mind with facts in a classroom education also means character training. One of the best ways of training character is by means of games, especially team games, where the boy has to learn to work with others for his team, instead of working selfishly for himself alone. The school therefore arranges games and matches for its pupils. Football is a good team game, it is good exercise for the body, it needs skill and a quick brain, it is popular and it is cheap. As a result, it is the school’s favorite game in the winter.
21. In England football is a game enjoyed______.
A. only by young people B. by people of all ages and classes
C. only by boys D. only by rich people
22. A stranger in England will be surprised to find that in that country_____.
A. people have little knowledge of football.
B. even small boys know a lot about football.
C. girls are more interested in football than boys.
D. children are not interested in football at all
23. There is a great difference between schools in England and those in Europe in that_____.