LONDON (AFP) - Brazil international midfielder Sandro has lost his place in the Tottenham Hotspur squad because he is "not good enough" to get into the team, manager Tim Sherwood said on Saturday.
"He's not selected at the moment. I don't think he's good enough to be in the side at the moment," the Englishman told BT Sport after his side's 3-1 win over Fulham at White Hart Lane in the Premier League.
"When he shows me that he is, and he's at a level with the other players, then he'll get back in the squad, but at the moment he's not up to the level of being in our squad."
Sandro took to Twitter to express his displeasure at being left out of the match-day squad for Fulham's visit. "Good morning Guys, just to let you know that i'm not injured !" he wrote. "Hope that we can win the game today."
Asked for his reaction to Sandro's tweet, Sherwood said: "Is it frustrating? He's got his own reasons for doing it. He's got a good following. The fans like him here. I like Sandro. I like him as a player.
"But at the end of the day, he has to work hard to get back on the side. I only pick players based on who I think can win the game, and at the moment he's not good enough to be in the squad, so he's left out."
Sherwood's position at the Tottenham helm continues to be the source of speculation in the British media, amid reports the north London club are looking to hire a more seasoned head coach.
Asked about his chances of remaining in the job next season, he replied: "I'm not convinced, I'm not unconvinced. I'm not shocked by the speculation. I'm shocked it's only one manager (linked with the job) today!
"It's once a day. You take it on the chin. The club have decided not to say anything on that and it's not for me to comment."
Fulham's defeat kept them in the relegation zone on 30 points, two behind Norwich in 17th place. Bbut although there are only three games of the season remaining, manager Felix Magath remains bullish about their chances of avoiding the drop.
"If we had got any points here, it would have been an extra point for us," said the German. "We have to win our home games and I think we can manage it."
Spurs remain sixth but move to 63 points, three behind Everton and six in front of Manchester United, who have played two games fewer.