Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has warned midfielder Sandro he must improve to win a place back in the first team.

The Brazilian was a notable omission from the Spurs team which beat Fulham 3-1 at White Hart Lane and the 25 year old posted on Twitter that he was not injured.

Sandro wrote: "Good morning Guys, just to let you know that i'm not injured ! Hope that we can win the game today."

And while Sherwood confirmed that Sandro had been left out of the Tottenham team due to his form, he advised him his form must pick up in order to earn a recall.

"I don't care about the tweet," the Spurs head coach said. "I don't go on Twitter. He can tweet what he wants.

"I like Sandro's qualities, but in my eyes it wasn't right to put him in the squad - other people are ahead of him.

"I think Nacer Chadli's done well in there and I think Paulinho's done well in there.

"At the end of the day you always get an honest opinion from me and he's right what he's tweeting - he's not telling any lies.

"He's not injured, and he's fit to play, but he's not selected because he's not up to it at the moment ahead of other people."

The comments from Sherwood follow his midweek assessment that he didn't know his best team and that his squad was "a much of a muchness".

Sherwood is expected to be replaced at the end of the season, despite having 12 months to run on his current contract at Tottenham, with the club looking likely to miss out on a Champions League place.

Tottenham face Stoke City, West Ham United and Aston Villa in their final three games of the campaign and while a top four spot is unlikely, they require a good end to the season to hold on to a Europa League place.