When only they will do . . .

West Ham defender Claire Rafferty describes how she prepares for a big game, which chiefly includes relaxing, watching TV, listening to podcasts and cooking.

But the last thing she does immediately before every game is to message her mum, who puts her into a positive frame of mind with a calming message of good luck.

Sometimes, only your mum will do. Or dare I say, in their absence, the person closest to you who can give you this good advice?

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