Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood played down talk of any bad blood between him and Sandro after the midfielder was dropped for Saturday’s 3-1 Barclays Premier League win over Fulham. “I don’t care about the tweet,” the Spurs head coach said after the victory. “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.” Sherwood stressed the 25-year-old remained in his plans, and could work his way back into the squad before the end of the season. Speaking about upcoming matches against West Ham and Stoke, Sherwood said: “We might look for some different qualities in there. “But for today’s game he’s not in the squad and he’s not selected. Sandro did not make the matchday squad for the London derby and tweeted on the morning of the match to clarify that he was not injured, posting: ” Good morning guys, just to let you know that I’m not injured! Hope that we can win the game today.” The tweet was seen as a swipe at his manager, but under-pressure Sherwood insisted he had no problem with the Brazilian. “I really don’t have a problem with him. He’s a good lad. I don’t have any problem with anything he’s got to say. He’s not being disrespectful to me, I don’t think.” Sherwood was also left playing down a heated discussion between Spurs coach Tony Parks and defender Danny Rose towards the end of the match. Asked about the incident afterwards, Sherwood said: “It was an altercation regarding who was marking who. I think they made a substitution and Danny was a little bit unclear on who he had to mark because the player he was assigned to had already gone off. “It was a little miscommunication. Tony told him, he was told, and that was it. “I’m all for that, because it shows they both care and they both want the same. They’re shaking hands in there and there’s not a problem with that.” Spurs looked on course for a routine victory when Paulinho converted Christian Eriksen’s cross before the break, but were pegged back immediately by Steve Sidwell’s composed finish. Harry Kane restored Tottenham’s lead early in the second half before another Eriksen set-piece presented captain Younes Kaboul with an easy finish for the third. There was a late scare when Fulham earned a penalty from an Eriksen handball, but Hugo Lloris beat away Sidwell’s spot-kick. The triumph kept alive Spurs’ hopes of European football next season, but was unlikely to dampen any rumours regarding Sherwood’s position as manager. When asked about his future, he said: “It’s been five-and-a-half months since I’ve been in the job and it’s never gone away. I’m always fending off the same questions. “It’s not ideal, but it’s an environment that’s been created and it’s a great honour to manage this football club. I just have to be professional and try and prepare them to win football matches as best as I possibly can.” For Fulham, the defeat halted any momentum built up by back-to-back wins against relegation rivals Aston Villa and Norwich, as they remain in the Premier League relegation zone. Manager Felix Magath was left bemoaning the qualities of Spurs goalkeeper Lloris, who also pulled off a fine reflex save from a Hugo Rodallega header to add to his penalty heroics, and his side’s poor defending from set-pieces. Magath said: “Tottenham played very well and they have a good goalkeeper who saved two or three very good chances against us. “We didn’t play badly, but the thing that was not so good was that they got two goals from free-kicks. “That is too easy. I told the boys we have to work on it, because if we make it better in the next games I think we are able to stay up and win our home games.” Magath admits he had not expected his side to take anything from the match at White Hart Lane, and believes the games at Craven Cottage against Hull and Crystal Palace will decide their fate. “It would be better if we got one or three points today, but we are not expecting to win here at Tottenham,” said the German. “So we are relying on our home games, and that might be enough to stay in the league.” Press Association
STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) – World champions Germany thrashed Norway 6-0 in their Group C match yesterday, scoring four times in the first half including a Timo Werner double, to edge closer to a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia.The Germans killed off the game in a whirlwind first half, scoring three times in the opening 21 minutes, and can wrap up qualification away to second-placed Northern Ireland, who beat the Czech Republic 2-0, on October 5.Four-time world champions Germany, who also scored through Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler, Leon Goretzka and Mario Gomez, need a point from their last two games – in Belfast and three days later at home to Azerbaijan – to book their ticket to Russia.The Irish are five points behind the Germans, who have a maximum 24. The group winners qualify directly for the finals while the eight best second-placed teams in the nine groups go into a playoff round.It was one-way traffic from the start as Germany wanted to put last week’s scrappy 2-1 win in the Czech Republic behind them and Ozil’s 10th minute shot opened the floodgates.“After the Czech game we said we wanted to bring a different spirit into the team, a different approach,” said coach Joachim Loew, whose team have so far enjoyed their best-ever World Cup qualifying campaign with eight wins, having conceded two goals.“Especially in the last third of the pitch we wanted to find the spaces and play into them. When you do that then you create chances and we did that,” he added.Seconds after Germany took the lead Toni Kroos should have doubled it but he fired over the bar. Draxler, however, made no mistake with a fine turn and low drive in the 17th during a frantic opening spell.Werner, who was booed by a small group of German fans during the game in Prague on Friday, made it 3-0 four minutes later with the Norwegians in a daze and the Stuttgart native grabbed his sixth goal in his eighth international as he headed in a cross five minutes before the break.Goretzka headed home Draxler’s cross in the 50th and fellow substitute Gomez had time to get on the score sheet himself with yet another header to cap a dominant performance by the hosts.Germany have now won 26 of their last 31 World Cup qualifiers, having drawn the other five.